A movie that not only functions as a solid scarefest but a razor-sharp satire.
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I remember being amazed when I saw this aired on television in 1978 and am glad to have it on DVD! I tend towards science fiction and so I gravitated more to this non-Disney like approach to the wooden little boy story! Space ships, left over alien technology, alien intelligence (Murtle?), mutant monsters, space flying whale (Monstro!), memorable songs, good, very good, animation and design and just overall a very enjoyable and most worthy of praise for the people who all worked to bring this project through!!! My recommendations for any age! There should have been more science fiction type animated movies with even this level of animation( which is in actuality very, very skillful and superb)I distinctly remember from the documentary contained in the DVD that this is not a product of the United States. Which is also an amazing fact. There could have been other animation houses doing more interesting work than from warner bros., Disney, hanna barbera, and other animation companies....
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Well! Looks like I'm not alone out there in having seen this "unusual sequel" to Disney's original. I just happened to see this on my neighbors beta player away on back in 1978!(or '79). In fact this stands as the very first time I ever saw anything on home video anywhere! I was 100% amazed at the idea of watching a cartoon this way! I even asked him,"Wow,how'd you do that?! Anyway,I never forgot it and all I can recall is the plot as described here. Poor little Pinnochio has returned to wooden form and now has to risk being his own timber fire by flying to Mars! (Wouldn't he have burned up either on re-entry or on the way up??) I forget how he becomes an actual boy again but for the sheer sake of nostalgia and a great child-hood memory I'll rate it 8 stars! I know that even if I get to watch it again it wont be as it was the first time but it's really the only way (besides in your mind & photos/home movies) that one can truly revisit childhood!It's not Disney but it's okay in my book. Oh! ...and Happy 40th Anniversary,wherever you are! I can't find you on video anywhere. Edited on March 11th, 2011 : I was finally able to track down an affordable copy on VHS on Amazon.com and it's finally in my possession. HOORAY!!! Amazing how much I'd forgotten about it. If any of you are still seeking it, give that same site a look.
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"Pinocchio in Outer Space" may not be in the same "all time classic" league as the Disney "Pinocchio", but what it lacks in budget and grandeur it makes up for in imagination and well-crafted ambience. Rather than being a lame attempt to cash in on the audience's good memories of the Disney version, this film is actually an exercise in the classic science-fiction "what-if" scenario. And it works. It has some of the most evocative outer-space scenes ever animated, with some truly haunting extra-terrestrial landscapes and a host of alien monsters sure to thrill the still young-at-heart. It's not for everyone, but for those who can find themselves enthralled by its peculiar charms, this film is a gold mine of Sunday morning kraft dinner bliss.
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I have seen "Pinocchio in Outer Space".Two or three times, in fact.And it is the only full-length feature up to that time that tried to make a sequel to Disney's long-time classic.What do you mean, you've never heard of it?!Well, it features Gepetto and the Blue Fairy from the original, but that's about as nostalgic as it gets. This time, they hybrid Pinocchio with James Bond and he must save earth from a "space whale" (I know, that's what I said, too) because he has been destroying our planet's satellites and now threatens to do the same with anyone who crosses him.So now Pinocchio has been thrust into the space age with only his wits and Nurtle the Turtle (from the land of Twurtle-Dee, if I recall correctly) to help him overcome this monstrous foe.The whole story is kind of bland, much like the direction, and one plot point: wasn't he already a boy at the end of the first movie? Oh well....At least this movie has one saving grace: Arnold Stang as the voice of Nurtle. If you don't know his name, just look him up. I'm sure once you see him or hear that whiny voice you'll go, "oh, yeah!". I did.Two stars for "Pinocchio". After this one, they should have done "Pinocchio in a Toothpick Factory".Could have had a million sequels.