Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
It is the first anniversary of Pinocchio becoming a real boy and Geppetto has organized a birthday for him. The party will start as soon as the majorís new jewelry box has been delivered and so Pinocchio offers to take the box, but is warned to avoid the newly arrived carnival. On the way Pinocchio is tricked into selling the box to con-artists Mr. Scallywag and Igor for a worthless fake ruby, getting himself into trouble with his father. To spare Geppetto from any future trouble, Pinocchio decides to run away and join the carnival; once there, he is turned back into a puppet by Puppetino the carnivalís puppet master. Saved by the Good Fairy, Pinocchio sets about finding the con-artists, who tell him that his jewelry box is in the hands of Puppetino and his master. And so Pinocchio braves the dangers to return the jewelry box he lost.
|Scott Grimes||... Pinocchio|
|Don Knotts||... Gee Willikers|
|Jonathan Harris||... Lt. Grumblebee|
|Edward Asner||... Mr. Scalawag|
|Frank Welker||... Igor|
|William Windom||... Puppetino|
|James Earl Jones||... Emperor of the Night|
|Rickie Lee Jones||... Good Fairy/Fairy Godmother|
|Tom Bosley||... Geppetto|
|Lana Beeson||... Twinkle|
Walt Disney Ė creator of perhaps the most famous version of Pinocchio - tried to sue Filmation over the rights of the character. Filmationís defense was a simple and straightforward one, their argued that the puppet character was in the public domain, having been created in the 19th Century in the book serial written by Carlo Collodi. Filmation won the case.
Nevertheless, the film did poorly at the box office, making just $3.2 million dollars on a budget predicted to have been $8 million.