Movies Adventures of Pinocchio, The (1996, Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas) Published 6 months ago on November 16, 2018 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Steve Barron added another string to his bow with this lively family movie, a live-action adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s novel. Although most people know the story from the successful 1940 Disney version (complete with songs and Jiminy Cricket), The Adventures of Pinocchio is more faithful to the original storyline. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop provided the animatronic know-how to transform the puppet Pinocchio into a living creature, but it’s the moving and believable performance of Martin Landau that really stands out in this sweet and charming movie. Landau stars as Gepetto, a love-lorn puppetmaker who never declared his love for his sweetheart Leona (Geneviève Bujold) and had to watch her marry his brother. Years later, with his brother long since dead, Gepetto inadvertently finds a log upon which he’d once carved his and Leona’s initials. He takes it home and makes a marionette from it. When it comes magically to life, he calls it Pinocchio (the voice of Home Improvements star Jonathan Taylor Thomas). The animated puppet is soon attracting the attention of evil showman Lorenzini (Udo Kier), who’s tipped off by the fox-like Volpe (Rob Schneider) and cat-like Felinet (Bebe Neuwirth). Lorenzini tries to buy Pinocchio, but Gepetto refuses to sell his ‘child’. With the showman – who owns the Terra Magica amusement park where all manner of strange things go on – determined to possess the puppet, things start to get even more out of hand when Pinocchio discovers that, every time he tells a lie, his nose starts to grow. Although it seems like a curse, Pinocchio’s nose for trouble will eventually prove to be his, and Gepetto’s, salvation. production details USA | 90 minutes | 1996 Director: Steve Barron Writers: Sherry Mills, Steve Barron, Tom Benedek, Barry Berman (based on the novel by Carlo Collodi) cast Martin Landau as Geppetto Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Pinocchio Geneviève Bujold as Leona Udo Kier as Lorenzini Bebe Neuwirth as Felinet Rob Schneider as Volpe Corey Carrier as Lampwick David Doyle as Pepe (voice) Dawn French as Baker’s Wife AnimationBebe NeuwirthCarlo CollodiCorey CarrierDavid DoyleDawn FrenchFamilyFantasyGenevieve BujoldJonathan Taylor ThomasMartin LandauRob SchneiderSherry MillsSteve BarronUdo Kier Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes5 hours ago Portals to Hell: Emerald Hill Hell House (S1EP5 Travel Fri 24 May 2019) Emerald Hill Hell House: Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman investigate a 19th-century estate in Monongahela, Pa., which is bursting with... Episodes5 hours ago Doom Patrol: Ezekiel Patrol (Season 1 Finale DC Fri 24 May 2019) Ezekiel Patrol: The Doom Patrol go their separate ways in the season finale. Airdate: Friday 24 May 2019 on DC.... Episodes5 hours ago Warrior: They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think (S1EP8 Cinemax Fri 24 May 2019) They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think: After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long... Episodes5 hours ago Whistleblower Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May 2019 on CBS WHISTLEBLOWER begins its second season on Friday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), investigating the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of... Episodes5 hours ago Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson(S6EP3 ABC Fri 24 May 2019) Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson: It’s a wild night out on the planet of Kitson for the... search EPISODES Episodes5 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes5 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes5 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Bird Box | 2018 | Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make... Movies2 months ago LelleBelle | 2010 | Anna Raadsveld, Benja Bruijning 19-year old Belle practices playing the violin diligently, but is unable to impart her music with a sensitive undertone. Her... Movies2 months ago Roma | Netflix 2018 | Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira In 1970s Mexico City, two domestic workers help a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.