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Story

Apparently aimed at very small children and the simple-minded, adults may decide that the best aspect of this kiddie flick is the clamshell box with its dual image "Magic Action Art." Though strong technically, the blend of digital effects, animation, mattes, and miniatures is eventually too much of a hodgepodge. The plot is a confusing jumble of classic fairy-tale elements and jarring contemporary accents, attitudes, and lowbrow humor. The only real performers are Martin Landau, who is very classy as Geppetto, and a sad-looking Geneviéve Bujold. Syrupy child-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas makes you long to toss another puppet on the fire. However, the story basically follows Carlo Collodi's fairy tale and the music is enjoyable, especially the songs by Stevie Wonder. This should maintain the interest of youngsters age 8 and under. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Cast

Martin LandauGeppetto
Jonathan Taylor ThomasPinocchio
Geneviève BujoldLeona
Udo KierLorenzini
Bebe NeuwirthFelinet
Rob SchneiderVolpe
Corey CarrierLampwick
Dawn FrenchBaker's Wife
Griff Rhys JonesTino
John SessionsProfessor
David DoylePepe the Cricket
Brian MayChamberlain

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 96 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 26, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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