Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • G
  • Animated, Children's

Although this animated feature has some impressive sequences, coupled with an extremely varied voice cast (Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, pop singer Rickie Lee Jones, et al.), it lifts too much from Disney's 1940 PINOCCHIO. The film opens as a mysterious carnival, which travels by ship, settles down in a quiet meadow, disturbing the tranquility of an insect...read more

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Although this animated feature has some impressive sequences, coupled with an extremely varied voice cast (Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, pop singer Rickie Lee Jones, et al.), it lifts too much from Disney's 1940 PINOCCHIO. The film opens as a mysterious carnival, which travels by ship,

settles down in a quiet meadow, disturbing the tranquility of an insect named Grumblebee. From this ominous beginning, we switch to the idyllic life of Geppetto and his son, the former puppet and now living boy Pinocchio. It is Pinocchio's birthday; to celebrate, his old pal the Blue Fairy shows

up to sing a song. She tells Pinocchio that the greatest gift of all is free will. Pinocchio pesters Geppetto until the kindly old woodcarver allows his son to deliver an important jewel box to the mayor. To Pinocchio's surprise, his toy glowbug, dubbed "Gee Willikers," comes to life thanks to the

Blue Fairy's magic and beseeches Pinocchio not to get sidetracked from his mission. There wouldn't be much of a story if Pinocchio didn't get into trouble, though, so the lad hooks up with Scalawag, a shyster raccoon with a monkey assistant, Igor. Artistically inferior to Disney, but fun for the

kids.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: G
  • Review: Although this animated feature has some impressive sequences, coupled with an extremely varied voice cast (Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, pop singer Rickie Lee Jones, et al.), it lifts too much from Disney's 1940 PINOCCHIO. The film opens as a mysterious carn… (more)

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