One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet named Pinocchio has one major desire, to become a real boy someday, but he has to learn to act responsibly.


Steve Barron


Sherry Mills (screenplay), Steve Barron (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Geppetto
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Pinocchio (voice)
Geneviève Bujold ... Leona
Udo Kier ... Lorenzini
Bebe Neuwirth ... Felinet
Rob Schneider ... Volpe
Corey Carrier ... Lampwick
Marcello Magni ... Pastry shop baker
Dawn French ... Baker's wife
Richard Claxton Richard Claxton ... Saleo
Griff Rhys Jones ... Tino
John Sessions ... Professor
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Magistrate
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Foreman
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Henchman


One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he has to learn to act responsibly. This film shows you the adventures on which he learns valuable lessons. Written by Peter Huiskes <>

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The classic tale comes to life. See more »


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Bebe Neuwirth and Rob Schneider's characters are based on the Cat and Fox from the book. See more »


[first lines]
Pepe the Cricket: Long, long ago in a far away land. A young woodcarver took secretly to the forest. His name is Geppetto and he was shy and quiet. Oh, and very much in love.
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Version of Le avventure di Pinocchio (1915) See more »


Hold On To Your Dream (with orchestra)
Music and Lyrics by Stevie Wonder
Lead vocal by Stevie Wonder
Pinocchio's voice: Sterling Proffer
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24 October 2003 | by lwjoslinSee all my reviews

This is a lavish, sumptuously-mounted version of the classic story. Great costumes and location work, with Prague as 18th-century Italy. Top-notch FX: Pinocchio himself; Pepe (not Jiminy) Cricket; a hUge, whale-like sea monster; boys morphing into jackasses.

Good cast: Martin Landau (fresh from his Oscar-winning portrayal of Lugosi in "Ed Wood") as Gepetto; Genevieve Bujold, whom I hadn't seen in ages (and who is aging very nicely), as his long-term love interest; Udo Kier as the heavy; plus an assortment of other character actors mostly unknown to me.

Altogether well-done, its only drawbacks being a couple of lame songs, plus occasional slapstick for the kiddies. And it must be admitted, the Diz cartoon is a tough act to follow.

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Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Pinocchio See more »

Filming Locations:

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,832,551, 28 July 1996

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby SR | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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