The Adventures of Pinocchio (Unfinished Italian Animated Film; 1936)


The Adventures of Pinocchio
A single frame from the film.
A single frame from the film.
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The Adventures of Pinocchio was an Italian animation film directed by Raoul Verdini and Umberto Spano. The film was produced and created by Cartoni Animati Italiani Roma (or CAIR). It was both Italy's first animated movie and the first animated film adaptation of the novel. Were it finished, it would have become the first cel-animated feature film ever, beating out Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by one year.

Production

The film was to be made by "CAIR", and was commissioned by politician Alfredo Rocco in 1935. It was to be the first Italian animated movie and a faithful adaptation of the novel. It had an estimated budget of ₤1 million and plans for 110,000 drawings a year. Technical problems put a damper on production, and the company ran out of money to make the film. In the end, they left all the work unused.

Co-director Raoul Verdini later tried to complete the film and convert it to color. The attempts were unsuccessful, and it remained unfinished. Some people believe that the film still exists in the archives of the Amercian Study, but otherwise, the film is assumed to be lost. What remains are a few stills and the script.

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Anonymous user #1

13 months ago
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Cool, I'm glad my article made it to the new lost media wiki. I made some changes to the article though on the old lost media wiki. If someone could copy them onto this one, that'll be great.
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Reynard

13 months ago
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How about you do them yourself? You can open an account.
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Scuttleman1127

8 months ago
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A teacher of mine (Who is Italian) translated the script that is on Wikipedia, and it is of Geppetto creating Pinocchio.
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Scuttleman1127

8 months ago
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It's actually just a page of the script.
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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well i have that film but its in color its the same version
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Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
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Such a shame that something this historic is lost in the sands of time covered up by walls of thousands of other works of animation that has came into existence in the past 81 years. I wish that I could see it , just a minute of it to make worth of the creators hard work that ended up wasted.
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