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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.

Director:

Tom Moore

Writers:

Carlo Collodi (story), David I. Stern (teleplay)
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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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 Raymond ... Ringleader
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 Randy Brenner ... Featured
Patti Cohenour Patti Cohenour ... Featured
Kay Cole Kay Cole ... Featured
Anthony Crivello ... Bernardo
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gepeto See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Magician is played by Wayne Brady, who is a regular on the American version of "Whose Line is it Anyway" previously hosted by Drew Carey. See more »

Quotes

Geppetto: What is wrong with wanting a child to grow up to be like me?
Blue Fairy: [sarcastically] Because you're such a prize?
Geppetto: I'm not talking to you anymore.
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Connections

Version of Pinocchio (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Since I Gave My Heart Away
Performed by Drew Carey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Company
Words and Music by Stephen Schwartz
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Fun music, great supporting actors, lousy principals and effects
22 September 2010 | by overzeetopSee all my reviews

If you can get past seeing and hearing Drew Carey in a serious role, a sickly sweet British accent used by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a horrible makeup job on Pinocchio, this a a fun movie for the older crowd that remembers Pinocchio. Younger kids will like the film for the songs and dance numbers. You might say that this is a prequel to the Wicked genre - a familiar tale told from an alternate point of view. You'll find bits of sharp with below the surface at times, and they'll smack you in the face with it at other times.

Once you get past the negatives, this is - as other reviewers have mentioned - a return of the old style musical. The rest of the cast is fantastic, with engaging performances from practically all the supporting roles. While I'll admit the music can be pretty sugary, the big production numbers lots of fun, and Geppetto's ballads very lyrical. There's no Defying Gravity in this libretto, but there are a couple of tunes you might catch yourself humming (Toys, Satisfaction Guaranteed, Pleasure Island).

I'm torn between a 6 and a 7 for this film. I think, as a traditional silver-screen musical, it works well enough to be a keeper. I happen to like Drew Carey (though not in this role) so I'm going to round my score up. I think with a better effect budget (or simply better executed effects) and two new leads, this could be a solid 8-9.


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