The Adventures of Pinocchio (1984)

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Released 19-Mar-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
DVD-ROM Extras-Colouring Book
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1984
Running Time 98:33
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jim Terry
Studio
Distributor
Century Video Corp
Warner Home Video
Starring Danielle Romeo
Lacoya Newsome
Cindy Kozacik
Tony Roscia
Pearl Terry
David Scott
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Bullets


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    If you thought that the Carlo Collodi story of Pinocchio was set in stone and was destined to be told in the same fashion over and over again then think again. While this story does have a Pinocchio, Geppetto and Timothy the Cricket, that is about where the similarities end, and this is something that is mentioned on the back cover as well. If I can remember correctly Pinocchio's nose grew each time he told a lie. In this version it turns into a branch complete with leaves whenever he fails at a lesson in life. You could probably consider this the Primary School version rather than the toddler version of the tale.

    Geppetto carves Pinocchio out of a solid oak branch with much care so that he will have someone to talk to and alleviate some of his boredom. He never expects the "toy" to come alive but by having it sit there in the house he can at least pretend. Because Geppetto is such a caring man, a local fairy decides to grant the wish that the toy should come alive. Geppetto is pleased and takes great care of what he considers to be his only son. But Pinocchio too soon gets bored around the house and ventures off and gets himself into a lot of situations which are downright naughty. His friend Timothy the Cricket teaches Pinocchio over time that he needs to start using his head and his heart in these situations and learn to treat people nicely and do the right thing.

    While this is not the familiar Pinocchio story, the movie's title is after all The Adventures of Pinocchio. As a result you get a short introduction to the character then he goes about he journeys and is taught valuable lessons after each situation. Personally I thought it was a nice way to approach many subjects and provides a subtle life lesson to the young audience. You could certainly do a lot worse that show this to your kids. My in-house 3 year-old reviewer has taken to it quite well and it now receives repeat viewings along with the more mainstream Dreamworks or Disney offerings.

    The animation was done in Japan in 1972 and this is clearly evident with the way in which the scenes and characters are drawn. There is no fluid Disney-styled animation here, and that's something that personally takes a moment to adjust to. One last thing, there is also a non-animated version with the same name available just to confuse things. This particular version is actually an English dub of the Japanese animated television series called Mock, Made of Oak that has been re-cut and made into a single feature film in 1984.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which is the expected ratio for something originating as a television series.

    The transfer is animated but the style does not lend itself to producing sharp images. Don't expect to see any sharp images matching the more mainstream animated stories such as Lilo & Stitch, A Bug's Life or Toy Story. The picture is rather flat, without depth, and a lot of the background scenery is slightly blurred, no doubt as an attempt to try and give the illusion of depth of field. The image suffers from no transfer problems and is sharp in that regard. There is mild low-level noise.

    There is quite often an over-saturation of colour, but the actual colours used are muted and drab with no instances of bright bold colours being used. This is not uncommon with the animation style. Again, there were no irregularities with the colour rendition of this transfer - just don't expect any splashes of bright, primary colours, since there aren't any.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen or film-to-video problems from this transfer. Film artefacts are common but small and not overly distracting.

    This disc is single layer so there is no layer change.

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Audio

    There are three audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There are also an English Dolby Digital 2.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0.

    Geppetto's voice was sometimes muffled, but the other characters' dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.

    The musical score is by the Bullets. The theme is quite a bouncy song that suits the story well. It does get annoying after a few playings though because it seems to stick in your head for a few hours.

    The surround channels were lightly used for ambience, music and special effects. The main effect is the swish sound effect of the wand.

    There was no noticeable use of the subwoofer throughout this entire movie.

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Extras

     The only extra is in the form of a DVD-Rom feature.

Menu

    The menu design is themed around the movie. It is a computer animated image of Pinocchio sitting on a table with the theme music looping every 26 seconds.

DVD-Rom Feature

    The DVD-Rom feature is a colouring book. With a little fiddling I got this to work - it shows one of five outline drawings, and allows you to fill in areas from a palette of colours.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on:

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on:     I was only able to find one other Region 1 review of this title. All of the others were for the non animated movie of the same name. This review only had the English and Spanish 2.0 soundtracks listed and as our local release is newer the authors may have taken advantage of the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and made it the default. I have been unable to determine exactly when the increased channel soundtrack was made.

Summary

    This is not my bag baby, but there are certainly worse movies out there that this for showing the kiddies.

    The video quality is blurry and of low quality. The animation style is not something that I find easy to watch.

    The audio quality is acceptable but there are very few instances where the surround channels get any use. The centre channel is the predominant device.

    The only extra is a DVD-ROM feature that will be of little interest to those using DVD players.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1600, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Aconda 9381ZW. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersWhatmough Classic Series C31 (Mains); C06 (Centre); M10 (Rears); Magnat Vector Needle Sub25A Active SubWoofer

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