The New Adventures of Pinocchio (film)

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The New Adventures of Pinocchio
Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by Harald Reichebner
Knut Boeser
Jeffrey M. Sneller
Raju Patel
Based on The Adventures of Pinocchio 
by Carlo Collodi
Starring Gabriel Thomson
Martin Landau
Udo Kier
Sarah Alexander
Simon Schatzberger
Warwick Davis
Ben Ridgeway
Gemma Gregory
Release date(s)
  • November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15)
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language Italian
English

The New Adventures of Pinocchio is a 1999 theatrical film that is a sequel to the 1996 film, The Adventures of Pinocchio. The film was directed by Michael Anderson and featured Martin Landau reprising his role as Geppetto with Udo Kier reprising his role as Lorenzini, but also playing Lorenzini's widow Madame Flambeau. The film also featured Sarah Alexander, Simon Schatzberger, Warwick Davis and Ben Ridgeway, and introduced Gabriel Thomson as Pinocchio.

Plot[edit]

Pinocchio and his friend Lampwick skip school to go to a carnival. While there, they watch a presentation by the carnival's leader, Madame Flambeau. She gives a man with one shorter leg some of her Elixir, and his leg grows to the length of the other one. The carnival's dwarf then leads Pinocchio and Lampwick to "The Hall of Freaks", a place with a clown that washes his face, a man who can blow fire from his mouth, a large fish tank that have fish with human faces, a woman with a beard, and a fairy called "Blue" who only Pinocchio can see. They then return to Pinocchio's house and find his father Geppetto, who is very sick. Pinocchio and Lampwick then return to the carnival to each buy some of Madame Flambeau's Elixir. Felinet and Volpe, a human-cat and human-fox respectively, lead them to Madame Flambeau. They don't have enough money for the Elixir, so they agree to work for her in the carnival. Lampwick drinks his Elixir and returns home, and Pinocchio gives his Elixir to Geppetto.

The next morning, Pinocchio finds the Elixir has transformed his father into a puppet. Madame Flambeau enters their house, and gets angry at Pinocchio for giving the Elixir to his father instead of himself. She reveals she is Lorenzini's widow. Geppetto and Pinocchio are then forced to work at the carnival's show. Geppetto eventually accepts and enjoys being a puppet, much to Pinocchio's dismay. Pinocchio finds Lampwick, who is now a sea donkey in the large fish tank. Madame Flambeau compromises Pinocchio that if he becomes a puppet, then Geppetto and Lampwick will automatically become human again; but this was a trick so that Pinocchio would perform in front of the prince. Seconds before the show, the dwarf takes Pinocchio; Felinet and Volpe take Geppetto and replace the two with inanimate puppets. The prince angrily leaves, and Madame Flambeau and her team go on a search for Geppetto and Pinocchio. The dwarf then transforms into Pepe.

Madame Flambeau finds Geppetto and then finds Pinocchio. Madame Flambeau then reveals herself to be Lorenzini, a secret he had been keeping the whole time. He plans on cooking Lampwick using Pinocchio and Geppetto as the firewood. Pepe gives Pinocchio clues on how to find the Heart of the Mountain. Once there, they find a place with a pool that turns someone/something into their true nature. Lampwick falls into the water and is restored to human. Lorenzini laughs and jumps in the magic water, but he becomes "the sea monster". Geppetto and Pinocchio then jump in and also return to human. Volpe and Felinet jump in but their true nature remains.

The next day, the sea monster is locked up in a cage, and is laughed at by the carnival's audience. Pinocchio and Lampwick go to see Geppetto's puppet show, along with a girl called "Isabella". Pinocchio talks to her, and then deduces she is the fairy, Blue. Geppetto performs in front of the prince, and is praised by all of the audience. As the credits roll by, the sea monster escapes his prison.

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Development[edit]

Like The Adventures of Pinocchio, this film utilized animatronic puppets that were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

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