Pinocchio in Outer Space

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Pinocchio in Outer Space
Pinocchio in Outer Space.jpg
Directed byRay Goossens
Produced byFred Ladd
Raymond Leblanc
Norm Prescott
Written byFred Ladd
StarringArnold Stang
Peter Lazer
Jess Cain
Conrad Jameson
Mavis Mims
Cliff Owens
Minerva Pious
Norman Rose
Music byRay Goossens
CinematographyFred Ladd
Edited byNorm Prescott
Distributed byUniversal Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 22 December 1965 (1965-12-22)
Running time
71 min
CountryBelgium
United States
LanguageEnglish
French

Pinocchio in Outer Space is a 1965 Belgian-American animated film which sets Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio character on a rocketship adventure. Peter Lazer does the voice of Pinocchio. The film was produced by Ray Goossens at Belvision Studios, with American involvement from Norm Prescott (Filmation) and Fred Ladd.

The French version was titled Pinocchio dans l'espace and the Dutch version was known as Pinocchio in de ruimte.

The film was released in the US by Universal Pictures. It was Universal's second animated film that it distributed (the first was The Snow Queen) and its last one until 1986's An American Tail, which is the first one it produced.

The talking cricket character was not present in this production. Instead, Pinocchio's sidekick was Nurtle, an alien Twertle (voiced by Arnold Stang), sent by his government to investigate an unusual increase of radiation on Mars. Together they do battle against Astro, a marauding intergalactic whale who was seeking revenge after being abducted by a mysterious race of Martians.

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In 1965 the film was adapted into a comic strip by Willy Lateste, which was published in Tintin.[1]

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