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Pinocchio (1972)
"Un burattino di nome Pinocchio" (original title)

 -  Animation  -  November 1978 (USA)
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The story of Pinocchio is brought to life in this original adaptation from the creative genius of Jim Eiler and his extremely talented company of actors, The Prince Street Players.

Director: Nick Havinga
Stars: Will B. Able, Wayne Adams, Robert Dagny


Credited cast:
Roberta Paladini ...
Pinocchio (voice)
Renato Rascel ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferruccio Amendola ...
Ennio Balbo ...
Gianfranco Bellini ...
Roberto Bertea ...
Geppetto (voice)
Gianni Bonagura ...
Manlio De Angelis ...
Il Gatto (voice)
Arturo Dominici ...
Vittoria Febbi ...
Michele Gammino ...
Mangiafuoco (voice)
Lauro Gazzolo ...
Flaminia Jandolo ...
Lucignolo (voice) (as Flaminia Iandolo)
Luigi Pavese ...
Nino Pavese ...


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La Volpe: [Describing his plan to swindle Pinocchio out of his gold coins] You'll find there a beautiful big oak tree, except instead of green leaves you'll see thousands of pieces of gold growing there.
Pinocchio: Oh how wonderful, but is it really true?
La Volpe: Why of course.
Il Gatto: Of course!
La Volpe: Of course it's true, do I look like someone who tells lies?
Il Gatto: Of course!
[Volpe hits him his cane]
Il Gatto: Ow!, I mean no, no, no!
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Best adaptation of Collodi's masterpiece.
27 August 2004 | by (Hull, England) – See all my reviews

Of all the many animated and live action adaptations of Carlo Collodi's timeless masterwork on the mischievous puppet, this is by far the best. It is the most faithful to the book showing Pinocchio not as an innocent passive child like in Disneys version but as a spoiled lazy brat who gradually gets wiser as the film continues. Many elements from the book that were disregarded as too dark in most other adaptations were included;


Pinocchio killing the cricket for lecturing him.

The fox and cat in the guise of assassins hanging Pinocchio from a tree.

The death and resurrection of the blue fairy.

The encounter with the green fisherman.

Lampwick (Lucignolo) dying of exhaustion after years of servitude to a farmer as a donkey.


The acting is top-notch for an animated film. The animation itself has a very European feel to it, while the musical score, while an acquired taste in some cases, always convey the correct moods.

A definite must for fans of the book which faithfully retains the harsh lessons inherent in the original work, yet disregarded in other "sugary" adaptations.

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