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Pinocchio and the Emperor of The Night is an animated feature film that was released in December 1987. It should not be confused with the acclaimed classic 1940 film Pinocchio by Walt Disney. Running for 87 minutes and created by the now-defunct Filmation Studios, the film has underperformed at the box office and it also gained mixed reviews from many audiences and movie critics over the years and it currently has a "D" at Box Office Mojo (compared to Happily Ever After's grade of "C+"). Some have called it a blatant "rip-off" while others have called it a masterpiece in its own right; albeit perhaps a little too scary for the much younger audience because of the fearsome appearance of the Emperor of the Night. As of today, the film has retained a small following as a result of its distinctive wackiness and the overall surrealism that the film exudes. The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... The year 1940 in film involved some significant events. ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The first Filmation logo. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...




The movie begins with a prologue. One of the main characters, Lt. Grumblebee, is sleeping on a leaf when he suddenly awakes to a loud noise. Annoyed, he opens his eyes and is shocked to find out that a large wooden ship has moored up the banks of the river. As it docks, a man with a cloak and heavy beard steps out. He is Puppetino, chief henchman of the Emperor of the Night. As he surveys the surrounding area, he remarks, apparently to no one, that it is a perfect place to open ground. In response, an ethereal voice replies its satisfaction. Stakes suddenly fly out of nowhere and pierce the ground. With a red electrical jolt, a carnival-style tent slowly rises up from the ground. Witnessing this, Lt. Grumblebee decides that it would be best to leave. He packs up a bag and leaves, post-haste.

The main story begins where the original story of the 1940 film left off. Shortly after Pinocchio had earned his humanity from the Good Fairy, who pays him a visit and sings a song for both of them (Love Is The Light Inside Your Heart), his father (the marionette-maker Geppetto) sends him on an errand to deliver a jewel box to the town's mayor. As a reward for his undertaking of this task he is given a small wooden carving of a glow worm (which later comes to life and acts as his conscience). Along the way, the carving comes to life and surprises Pinocchio, who duly names it Gee Willikers. For other uses, see Pinocchio (disambiguation). ... Pinocchio is a work by Carlo Collodi published in 1880 in Italy. ... Genera Curtos Cyphonocerus Drilaster Ellychnia Hotaria Lampyris Lucidina Luciola - (Japanese fireflies) Photinus - (common eastern firefly) Photuris Pristolycus Pyractomena Pyrocoelia Stenocladius Fireflies (family Lampyridae), also known as lightning bugs, are nocturnal, luminous beetles. ...

As he is walking along with his new-found conscience, he passes by a carnival where he can hear the shouts and screams of joy coming from the other children. Tempted to take a look for himself, he is sternly reminded by Willikers to deliver the jewel box for his father and return home. Reluctantly he does but as he continues with his errand, he is accosted by a cunning raccoon and his monkey sidekick (named Scalawag and Igor, respectively). Scalawag cons Pinocchio out of the jewel box and in return he gives Pinocchio the "Pharaoh's Ruby".

Shame and escape

Upon returning home, Pinocchio is shocked to discover that the ruby is, in fact, a fake. Geppetto angrily scolds Pinocchio for being too trusting and sends him to bed. In his room, confronted with bitter shame, he runs away from home rather than have to face his father. He somehow makes his way to the carnival which was mentioned earlier and there he encounters a pretty blonde marionette, Twinkle. Entranced by her beauty, he stays to watch her "performance" until it ends. When it ends, he is approached by Puppetino, who appears to be the carnival's proprietor. He coaxes Pinocchio to enter a room with him where there are a number of puppets and marionettes hanging on the wall or the ceiling. Putting Twinkle back in her place (whose expression seem to be one of sadness unnoticed before). With that, Pinocchio's hand turns back to wood without him noticing. Puppetino suddenly turns on Pinocchio and starts to play an ornate organ grinder. As he turns the lever, Pinocchio starts to dance uncontrollably, and he begins to turn back into a puppet. His desperate pleas to stop fall on deaf ears as Puppetino laughs sadistically and keeps on playing. Before long he is fully wooden again. Puppetino then re-attaches strings to him like a marionette and swings him in the air. Pinocchio desperately tries to utter a word ("I didn't know that I c-") but is fully turned into a puppet before he can do so. Now lifeless, he is then hung up beside Twinkle. A marionette is a type of puppet with strings controlled by a puppeteer from above. ... An Austrian organ grinder (locally called Werklmann) with his paper-roll driven Berlin style barrel organ in Vienna The organ grinder was a musical novelty street performer of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, and refers to the operator of a street organ. ...

The Good Fairy comes and (with the pleadings of Willikers) returns him to life. She then reminds him how important it is to have freedom of choice, saying that it is his greatest power and that he should use it wisely. Before leaving, he makes a promise to the marionette Twinkle, saying that he would return and free her. As he leaves, the head of the marionette seems to bend sideways in response. A marionette is a type of puppet with strings controlled by a puppeteer from above. ... A marionette is a type of puppet with strings controlled by a puppeteer from above. ...


Pinocchio tracks down the two con-artists Scalawag and Igor and forces them to help him find Geppetto's jewel box, which they say was sold to Puppetino (much to Pinocchio's horror). Returning to the site of the carnival, they discover that it has packed up and moved down the river in the wooden ship mentioned earlier. Using a paddle steam-boat, they pursue the wooden ship. Whilst tailing it, Scalawag experiences a sudden change of heart and tries to convince Pinocchio to turn the boat around. Refusing to do so, he is put in a difficult position when Scalawag tries to wrest control of the boat's wheel from him. They scuffle, and in the process, break the wheel. Angrily rebuking Scalawag for what he did, neither of them notice that they have passed the ship and are actually in its path. When they finally realize it, it is already too late. The ship's steamer (with the suspicious appearance of a whale) opens up and swallows their boat whole, with Pinocchio, Scalawag and Igor in it. For other uses, see Pinocchio (disambiguation). ...

Meanwhile, as these things are taking place, Willikers is desperately trying to find Pinocchio, having gotten separated from him earlier. He then encounters Lt. Grumblebee, who seems to be trapped in a flower and sounds drunk (apparently, of all things, on honey). After coming to his rescue, Willikers asks that Lt. Grumblebee help him find Pinocchio. More than willing to do so, Lt. Grumblebee carries Willikers, who despite being a glowbug is unable to fly. But Lt. Grumblebee's first destination is a town that seems to be for insects. There they meet the mayor of the insect town and find out that the city is being threatened by a large, bug-eating toad. Somehow, Willikers manages to get rid of the toad menace, much to the insect town's relief. Venerated as a hero, he and Lt. Grumblebee then continue their search for Pinocchio. Orders Subclass Apterygota Symphypleona - globular springtails Subclass Archaeognatha (jumping bristletails) Subclass Dicondylia Monura - extinct Thysanura (common bristletails) Subclass Pterygota Diaphanopteroidea - extinct Palaeodictyoptera - extinct Megasecoptera - extinct Archodonata - extinct Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Blattodea (cockroaches) Mantodea (mantids) Isoptera (termites) Zoraptera Grylloblattodea Dermaptera (earwigs) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets... Families At least 9, see article. ... For other uses, see Pinocchio (disambiguation). ...

In the cavernous depths of the ship, Pinocchio and the others awaken to find themselves in a place that vaguely resembles that of an underwater cave. Scalawag chillingly remarks that they have entered the Empire of the Night. No sooner had he said those words, another boat slowly comes out of the infinite blackness. The man steering the boat and clothed in the style of the gondola men of Venice calls out "All aboard!" and then asks Pinocchio whether he would like a ride. Pinocchio was inclined to agree but Scalawag and Igor, distrusting the evil, reddish glow in the eyes of the Boatman coupled along with his oily smile, begs him not to go. Ignoring them, he takes up the offer and hops aboard the other boat, leaving the other two alone and frightened. Fortunately, Willikers manages to latch onto Pinocchio's sleeve. A Venetian gondola A gòndola is a traditional Venetian sculling boat. ... For other uses, see Venice (disambiguation). ...

When they arrive at their destination, Pinocchio is both surprised and delighted to find a funhouse that looks more like a disco (reminiscent of Pleasure Island from the original Walt Disney motion picture). Before he manages to pass through the entrance, he is stopped by a doorman completely garbed in poisonous green. The doorman tells Pinocchio that he may enter and partake of the pleasures within the funhouse so long as he agrees to this one condition; that he signs a contract after he's had his fill. Unsuspectingly, Pinocchio agrees to this without much forethought. As the doorman ushers him through the entrance, he fail to notice the smile of wicked pleasure on the guard's face along with the red gleam in his eyes. Inside the funhouse, he is soaking up his seemingly unbelievable good fortune when he is accosted up by another boy, a sleazy-looking ruffian, who takes up a beer mug and scoops it into the fountain. He then offers Pinocchio the mug, filled with a greenish fluid (possibly a veiled allusion to alcohol, perhaps even absinthe). Having downed an entire mugful of the greenish liquid, Pinocchio walks towards a crowd of children in a drunken manner; something having caught his eye. This time, it comes in the form of unlimited toys and games, supposedly enough for everyone. Once more he is accosted by the same fellow who encourages him to have another mug. Gladly accepting his offer, he proceeds to have another mug. But as he is drinking from the mug, Twinkle's image suddenly appears at the bottom of the mug, telling him not to fall into the trap. Slightly creeped out, Pinocchio starts to hallucinate and experiences a situation commonly associated with LSD consumption (the faces around him start to distort and morph into terrifying hallucinations). Unable to cope with it, he passes out. A doorman (more commonly referred to as a bouncer) is a term for a person who deals with the general security of a bar, pub or nightclub. ... A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. ... A reservoir glass filled with a naturally-colored verte, next to an absinthe spoon. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... A hallucination is a false sensory perception in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion, which is a misperception of an external stimulus. ...

Upon regaining consciousness, Pinocchio is astonished and slightly nonplussed to find himself behind a curtained stage. A chorus of voices emanate from outside the stage, calling out for Pinocchio. A kindly man, dressed up like a circus ringmaster encourages Pinocchio to go out and perform, citing that "your fans are waiting". He gives Pinocchio a slight nudge of confidence but his eyes, at the last moment have a red fire in them as well. When he walks out, albeit a bit shyly at first, his presence is greeted with wild cheering and applause from an unseen crowd. Emboldened by their seeming approval, he begins to dance only to be joined by none other than Twinkle herself. Meanwhile Scalawag and Igor witness this from the floor (although how they got there is not implied) Scalawag, now thoroughly frightened, cries out to Igor, saying that they had to snap Pinocchio out of this. Scalawag suddenly comes up with a plan; they'll join the line of dancing showgirls themselves! The results are comical as they dress up in hilarious outfits, trying to catch Pinocchio's attention. Pinocchio is distracted for several moments but quickly continues dancing when the both of them are mysteriously pulled away by two cane hooks. Having finished his dance routine, Pinocchio takes a deep bow, much to the "audience's" delight. For other uses, see Circus (disambiguation). ... For the Insane Clown Posse album see The Ringmaster This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In the United States, a Scalawag was a Southern white who joined the Republican party in the ex-Confederate South during Reconstruction. ... Igor is a given name derived from the Scandinavian name Ingyar, that was brought to ancient Russia by the Vikings (Ingvar or Yngvar). ... Showgirls is a film directed by Paul Verhoeven and released in 1995 by United Artists. ...

Looking between his legs Pinocchio is suddenly aware that a pair of legs are walking towards him. Getting up, he is immediately wary of a Puppetino standing before him with a lazy smile on his lips. Backing away cautiously, he is startled to hear someone call out his name. Turning around, he sees the Boatman standing in what appears to be a sea of seated people. With an unholy crimson glow in his eyes, he strikes his pole onto the ground and morphs into the Doorman. The Doorman reminds Pinocchio in a mocking tone that "you've had fun with no rules, all the toys you could ask for, FAME AND STARDOM!". Striking his pole once more onto the ground, he morphs into the Ringmaster. The Rimgmaster tells him that this is the place "where every dream has come true" before morphing into his true form—the Emperor of the Night, a demonic floating being with four arms who demands in a thunderous voice, "NOW! YOU MUST PAY THE PRICE!" In a frightened tone, Pinocchio asks who he is. Revealing his name, the Emperor then claims to him that our hero is now in his domain. He states to Pinocchio that he must sign the contact that will surrender his freedom and make him a puppet again. The Emperor then goes on the explain that every time a child gives up their freedom, the Good Fairy becomes weaker, while he himself grows stronger. Pinocchio refuses to sign, and is thrown behind bars, along with Scalawag and Igor.

Willikers, after arriving, is stuffed into a bottle and thrown off the ship. Whilst floating in the water, Grumblebee spots him and helps him out by using his stinger to unscrew the cork. As the fog in the sky is too thick to see through, Grumblebee spins his stinger (and the cork) furiously while walking on the water, simulating a speedboat and with Willikers riding along as they travel to the ship.

Back on the ship, Pinocchio still refuses to sign the contract. However, the Emperor decides to let him go with seemingly no catch. He gets to take Twinkle, who has reverted into a puppet, and even receives his jewelbox back. Upon opening it, he finds Geppeto inside, shrunk to Williker's size. The Emperor then states that only Pinocchio may leave, and that his friends will be taken away. Left with no choice, Pinocchio signs the contract, giving up his freedom and reverting back into a puppet. Unfortunately, The Emperor still refuses to let his friends go. Pinocchio asks why The Emperor didn't turn him into a puppet in the first place, and why he had to sign first. The answer he receives is that people decide their own fate. His anger aroused, Pinocchio is suddenly surrounded by a blue aura from the Good Fairy, which the Emperor fears. He yells at Puppetino to stop Pinocchio from approaching him. Puppetino, however, backs away in fear from Pinocchio when he turns to give the man an angry glare. In a desperate attempt, the Emperor fires energy at the heroes, only to accidentally hit a part of his beloved ship. Red energy eats away at everything. Pinocchio and friends run for their lives. Puppetino also attempts to escape but his master, the Emperor, calls him a worthless coward and strikes the running figure of Puppetino below him with a bolt of red energy. It hits him and he screams in agony as his freedom is taken away and he becomes a puppet.


Our heroes first encounter a door that is too high for anyone to reach. Luckily, as he is a puppet, Pinocchio lies to extend his nose and turn the handle. They then run into a room of doors. They eventually find the right door, but it's a rotating one, which Pinocchio's nose cannot fit. He then tells the truth to shrink it to normal. They reach the top of the ship, and Pinocchio's friends jump into the waters below, while he himself confronts the Emperor of the Night one more time, stating that fate cannot be controlled. With the blue aura around him, he runs toward the Emperor's body, while Willikers objects, "No, Pinocchio! He's fire, you're wood!" (though it's never explained directly whether the Emperor is a specific substance or not). Not heeding his guardian conscience, Pinocchio runs toward the Emperor, pell-mell. The Emperor cries out in an unholy voice and with a flash of bright light is destroyed along with his ship. Fade to black.

The next scene shows Geppetto (now big again) mourning over the seemingly lifeless body of Pinocchio, with Scalawag and Igor soon joining him in his sorrow. Eventually, the Blue Fairy shows up and awakens Pinocchio. Congratulating him on making the right choice (that is to say, the choice of freedom), she then reminds him of how important freedom is. To the immense joy of both father and son, the Blue Fairy returns to them the jewel box, with Scalawag looking on greedily and his subsequent reprimanding at the hands of Igor (a hard elbow in the stomach) and Twinkle now a real girl. The film ends and credits roll.


While the original Pinocchio had a darker tone towards the conclusion of the film, in the scene in which Pinocchio's friend is transformed into a donkey, this version has many darker and more disturbing themes and tones. A clear example is when Pinocchio is transformed back into a puppet by the hand of the Puppet-Master Puppetino. The scene has often been quoted as the 'scariest and most disturbing scene' in the entire film, showing Pinocchio's desperation to escape Puppetino's power as he uses a music-box and strings to transform him back into a puppet and also showing he has done this to many children, including Twinkle. Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...

Another scene that has darker tones is the presentation of 'The Land Where Dreams Come True' in which Pinocchio drinks a green, possibly alcoholic liquid similar to a scene in Dumbo. However, unlike Dumbo, which depicts the more humorous consequences of intoxication, Pinocchio experiences a warped sense of reality akin to what is experienced by consuming a considerable amount of hallucinogen. The entire scene from the entrance into the Emperor's ship suggests themes of captivity and temptation as Pinocchio is drawn in and finally trapped by the Emperor himself. Dumbo is a 1941 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney and first released on October 23, 1941 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Hallucinogenic drug - drugs that can alter sensory perceptions. ...

On a lighter tone, the film clearly distinguishes the idea of freedom and choice. Pinocchio's freedom is threatened and tested both by Puppetino and his master, The Emperor of the Night. It is choice alone that is able to defeat the Emperor, as Pinocchio chooses to 'sacrifice' himself to save his father and is rewarded with a boy's life again.

Comparison with Disney's Pinocchio

Many of the characters and themes in this film are abviously 'borrowed' from Disney's 1940 Pinocchio: Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...

  • Pinocchio has a small insect to act as his 'conscience' (Jiminy Cricket in the original). The name "Gee Willikers" is based on a slang expression, as was Jiminy Cricket.
  • Pinocchio meets two anthropomorphic con artists ("Honest John" and Gideon in the original) who want to turn him over to a villain.
  • Pinocchio is imprisoned by a villain (Stromboli in the original) and rescued by the good fairy.
  • Pinocchio makes a daring escape from an enemy at sea. In the original it was the giant whale Monstro who, like the Emperor's ship, swallowed their boat whole.
  • Pinocchio risks his live to save Geppetto. As in the original, Geppetto believes he has drowned, only for him to wash up face down on the beach.

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ... Foulfellow (left) and Gideon Foulfellow and Gideon are a pair of animated characters who appear in the 1940 Disney animated film Pinocchio. ... Sciara del fuoco For other uses see Stromboli (disambiguation) Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. ... Monstro is an enormous whale from the Disney film Pinocchio. ...

Cast of characters

Scott Richard Grimes (b. ... For other uses, see Pinocchio (disambiguation). ... Thomas Edward Bosley (born October 1, 1927) is an American actor. ... Pinocchio is a work by Carlo Collodi published in 1880 in Italy. ... Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an American actor known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and later continued in a spinoff series, Lou Grant. ... In the United States, a Scalawag was a Southern white who joined the Republican party in the ex-Confederate South during Reconstruction. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Igor is a given name derived from the Scandinavian name Ingyar, that was brought to ancient Russia by the Vikings (Ingvar or Yngvar). ... Jonathan Harris (November 6, 1914 – November 3, 2002), was an American stage and character actor. ... James Earl Jones (b. ... William Windom playing the role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on the television series Murder, She Wrote William Windom, (born September 28, 1923, New York, New York), great-grandson of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, of the same name, is an American actor, best known for his work on television... Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Threes... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the Forgotten Realms setting, based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Twinkle is Drizzts defensive scimitar; his offensive scimitar is Icingdeath. ...

See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

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