Pinocchio (1972 film)

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Un burattino di nome Pinocchio.jpg
Directed by Giuliano Cenci
Produced by Cartoons Cinematografica Italiana
Written by Giuliano Cenci
Based on the book by Carlo Collodi
Based on The Adventures of Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi
Starring Renato Rascel
Roberta Paladini
Lauro Gazzolo
Narrated by Renato Rascel
Release date
  • 21 December 1972 (1972-12-21) (Italy)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Pinocchio (Italian: Un burattino di nome Pinocchio, literally A puppet named Pinocchio) is a 1972 Italian animated film adaptation of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio.


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]


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.

  • Renato Rascel as The Narrator
  • Roberta Paladini as Pinocchio
  • Roberto Bertea as Geppetto
  • Manlio De Angelis as Il Gatto
  • Vittoria Febbi as La Fata Turchina
  • Michele Gammino as Mangiafuoco
  • Lauro Gazzolo as Il Grilo Parlante
  • Flaminia Jandolo as Lucignolo
  • Sergio Tedesco as La Volpe
  • Gianni Bonagura as L'Omino
  • Arturo Dominici as Il Pescatore Verdi
  • Gianfranco Bellini as Il Colombo


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.

English-dubbed version[edit]

In 1978, an English-dubbed version was released in the US by G.G. Communications. The supposed voices are Victor Jory as the narrator, Patricia Parris as Pinocchio, Dallas McKennon as Gepetto, Ginny Tyler as the Blue Fairy and the pigeon, Bob Holt as Mangiafuoco, Tony Pope as Lucignolo and the boy at the puppet theatre, Les Lye as the Fox, John Stephenson as the Cat and a townperson, Paul Frees as the constable, the puppet show barker, the Green Fisherman and the farmer, and also Peter Renaday as the tuna fish.

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