Filmation's Pinocchio and The Emperor of the Night Jan 17, 2008 3:53:43 GMT -5 GhostBuggy likes this
Post by tomservofan on Jan 17, 2008 3:53:43 GMT -5
Does anyone remember this dark and unique 1987 animated fantasy gem? it's a really cool and macabre movie with the voices of James Earl Jones, Scott Grimes (The kid from "Critters 1 & 2", "American Dad" and Dr. Archie Morris from "ER"), Don Knotts, Ed Asner, William Windom, Tom Bosley ("Happy Days"), Jonathan Harris, Linda Gary ("Teela" from He-Man) and Rickie Lee Jones.
It's a a follow-up to Carlo Collodi's famous fairy tale as it's set a year after Pinocchio became human, a mysterious creepy carnival has come to town and Pinocchio just celebrated his first birthday as a human. He does an errand for his dad to deliver a jewel box to the mayor until he stumbles into a raccoon con-artist and his monkey assistant, he foolishly trades the jewel box for a worthless fake ruby. It makes his dad so p'oed that Pinocchio decides to run away and join the carnival, he falls in love with a beautiful girl puppet at the carnival but gets tricked by an evil pupeteer named Puppetino who magically changes him back into a puppet. Luckily Pinocchio is saved by his fairy godmother later on, he does a mission to find the two scumbags that swindled him earlier so they can go after the traveling carnival that has the jewel box only to end up in the hellish nightmarish realm of the empire of the night conducted by the diabolical demon Emperor of the Night.
I remembered when i was 5 living in St. Louis, i saw this at a shopping mall theater with my mom cause she knew i loved the disney Pinocchio (That was my favorite disney movie as a young boy). This one scared the bejesus out of me especially that absolutely horrifying scene where Puppetino tortures and slowly transforms Pinocchio into a puppet as he is screaming in agony, but i enjoyed it despite that scene and other scary stuff. It's Filmation's best animated movie since "Starchaser: Legend of Orin" and "Secret of The Sword", it doesn't relay on the traditional Filmation animation technique of stock animation but actual true animation and the film can be viewed on Youtube.