Luigi Comencini's made-for-television adaptation of Carlo Collodi's text is a real gem. First rate performances all round, combined with a mind boggling attention to the minutia of period detail really brings the wooden one to life. Aside from a brief scene in which a donkey is clearly in distress and needlessly harassed for the sake of entertainment Le avventure di Pinocchio makes for near perfect family entertainment.
Franco and Ciccio are great in their roles as the cat and fox, but it is Nino Manfredi as Geppetto, who contrary to claims by Tanya Donnelly and Belly does nothing at all involving lying on top of anything or anyone, and an exceptional debut from the young Andrea Balestri as the puppet-in-human-form that makes this feature such an enjoyable viewing experience. Magical.