The lonely woodcarver Geppetto gets his wish for a child of his own granted when the Blue Fairy brings one of his marionettes to life; however, being a parent is not as easy as he had expected.


Tom Moore


Carlo Collodi (story), David I. Stern (teleplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Carey ... Geppetto
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Blue Fairy
Brent Spiner ... Stromboli
Rene Auberjonois ... Prof. Buonragazzo
Seth Adkins ... Pinocchio
Usher ... Ringleader (as Usher Raymond)
Ana Gasteyer ... Sra. Giovanni
Wayne Brady ... The Magician
Melissa Jo Bailey ... Featured (as Melissa Bailey)
George Ball George Ball ... Featured
Dennis Bendersky ... Featured
Randy Brenner ... Featured
Patti Cohenour Patti Cohenour ... Featured
Kay Cole Kay Cole ... Featured
Anthony Crivello ... Bernardo


The lonely woodcarver Geppetto gets his wish for a child of his own granted when the Blue Fairy brings one of his marionettes to life; however, being a parent is not as easy as he had expected.

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When a man wishes for a son, he learns what it means to be a father.


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Steve Martin and Robin Williams both turned down the title role. The pair turning down the title role lead Disney to decide this will be a TV movie and not released theatrically. See more »


[first lines]
Geppetto: Once upon a time, not so very long ago. There was a wooden little puppet named Pinocchio. But alas, this is not his story. This is the story of that important but overlook character: Geppetto! That's me, Pinocchio's dad. Aren't the things you've ever wondered about me? Like for instance, how on earth that I went inside of the whale? Oh, wait. I'm getting a head of myself. It all began in a small town of Villaggio. On the morning, I'd finished making my new toys for the season.
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Version of The Adventures of Pinocchio (1936) See more »


Just Because It's Magic
Performed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Drew Carey
Words and Music by Stephen Schwartz
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What movie were the critics watching ?
18 November 2000 | by aesgaard41See all my reviews

What's wrong with "Geppetto ?" I may be blindly faithful as a Drew Carey fan, but this is his best dramatic talent and first family film that I know of, but I think he does a great job. His singing may not be Madonna, but would you want your kids watching "The Drew Carey Show" with its humor on sex, drinking and abuse in the workplace. Julia Louise Dreyfuss also shines in this as a cross between Glinda the Good Witch and Tinkerbell. Rene Auberjonais plays an eccentric inventor blind to Drew's true wishes, and Brent Spiner plays the human version of the animals in the cartoon who kidnapped Pinocchio. Drew's buddy, Wayne Brady, makes a cameo, but a lot of gumption has to got to the young actor ( I forget his name ) who had to endure all that body make-up. He should have a fairly successful career ahead of him or at least a supporting role on Drew's TV show.I don't know about you, but this movie counts in my list of top children's movies along with "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and "The Wizard of Oz."

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7 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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