The Adventures of Pinocchio (1972 film)

The Adventures of Pinocchio (Italian: Un burattino di nome Pinocchio, literally A puppet named Pinocchio) is a 1972 Italian animated film adaptation of Carlo Collodi's 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio. It was directed by Giuliano Cenci and produced by Cartoons Cinematografica Italiana. The English-dubbed version was released in the United States by G.G. Communications in 1978.

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Directed byGiuliano Cenci
Produced byCartoons Cinematografica Italiana
Written byGiuliano Cenci
Based on the book by Carlo Collodi
Based onThe Adventures of Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi
StarringRenato Rascel
Roberta Paladini
Lauro Gazzolo
Narrated byRenato Rascel
Release date
  • 21 December 1972 (1972-12-21) (Italy)
Running time
93 minutes



The film was directed by Giuliano Cenci with assistance from his brother Renzo. During production, Carlo Collodi's grandchildren Mario and Antonio Lorenzini were consulted. The subtle movements made by fidgeting children whilst speaking or under scrutiny were incorporated into Pinocchio's movements, particularly when he lies to the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair over the fate of his gold coins. For the design of the Fairy, Italian portrayals of the Blessed Virgin Mary in art were used as starting points.[1]


The characters were animated with unconventional uniform black outlines which contrasted with the complex styles characteristic of usual Italian animations and Disney films. For the design of Pinocchio, the animators took inspiration to illustrations made by Attilio Mussino. The backgrounds were painted by Sicillian artist Alberto D'Angelo and Abramo Scortecci who both used tone styles evocative of early 20th-century Italian art with little focus on surrealism as in the Disney adaptation.


Original Italian versionEdit

Renato Rascel was chosen to serve as both the singer of the introductory song and as the narrator. He was permitted to occasionally ad lib in order to get the film's message across, and to give it a truly Italian feel.

English-dubbed versionEdit

In 1978, an English-dubbed version was released in the US by G.G. Communications directed by Jesse Vogel.

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  1. ^ "Un burattino di nome Pinocchio".