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The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pinocchio
  • G
  • 1h 36m
  • 1996
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One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he has to learn to act responsibly. This film shows you the adventures on which he learns valuable lessons.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Adventures of Pinocchio is an admirably faithful adaptation of the source material, but it may be too frightening for younger viewers -- and too dull for older ones.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Scary live-action version has violence, guns, and monsters.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Adventures of Pinocchio is a 1996 live-action family-film adaptation of the novel, originally written by Carlo Collodi. In this wild journey of wooden boy to real boy, Martin Landau is a warm and loving Geppetto, while Jonathan Taylor Thomas is a precocious and curious Pinocchio. Some positive themes of being true to who you are, not lying, and family. Wealth and fame won't sustain you over family. Expect lots of looniness, havoc, and the standard plot points of the standard modern telling of Pinocchio (which is to say this isn't a tragedy). There's a magical talking cricket, magical water that turns boys into donkeys, and of course the magic that animates and enlivens Pinocchio. However, while the film has lots of positive intentions, much of the above, in the way it appears and is shown on screen, might be too scary for young and even older viewers. The scenes when Pinocchio first gets animated in Geppetto's workshop full of other puppets, boys get turned into donkeys, and a scary man turns into a scary monster can all frighten. In addition to lots of slapstick violence, there are chase scenes, fire, punching and kicking, guns, and fake stabbing. Two boys also shoot Pinocchio through the chest with a real shotgun. The blast leaves 4 holes in Pinocchio and the boys laugh as they "can see right through him!" Some parents might also take issue with how Pinocchio deals with Felinet and Volpe by tricking them into turning themselves into a cat and fox. Language includes, "jackass," "fatty," and "dimwit."

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:July 26, 1996
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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