SUPPORT FILMTRACKS! CLICK HERE FIRST:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
iTunes (U.S.)
Amazon.ca
Amazon.fr
eBay (U.S.)
Amazon.de
Amazon.es
Half.com
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
Composers
Awards
   NEWEST MAJOR REVIEWS:
     1. Transformers: Last Knight
    2. Cars 3
   3. The Mummy
  4. Wonder Woman
 5. POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales
6. Alien: Covenant


   CURRENT BEST-SELLING SCORES:
       1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
      2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
     3. Willow
    4. The Ghost and the Darkness
   5. An American Tail
  6. The Wind and the Lion
 7. Doctor Strange
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
   CURRENT MOST POPULAR REVIEWS:
         1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
        2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
       3. Titanic
      4. Avatar
     5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
    6. Gladiator
   7. Star Wars: A New Hope
  8. Animal Farm
 9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
Home Page
The Adventures of Pinocchio
(1996)
Album Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Lawrence Ashmore

Songs Composed by:
Lee Holdridge
Stevie Wonder
Brian May

Album Produced by:
Susan Pilcher
Labels Icon
LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/London Records
(July 23rd, 1996)
Availability Icon
ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
None.
Also See Icon
ALSO SEE




Decorative Nonsense
PRINTER FRIENDLY VIEW
(inverts site colors)




   Availability | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... if you want to hear one of Rachel Portman's more creative collaborative efforts alongside a few fantastic musical numbers featuring Lee Holdridge's orchestral arrangements.

Avoid it... if only twenty minutes of Portman's pretty, but predictable score isn't worth an album that is also cluttered with a fair number of obnoxious songs.
Review Icon
EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,020
WRITTEN 6/4/03, REVISED 3/29/09
Shopping Icon
BUY IT



Portman
Portman
Holdridge
Holdridge
The Adventures of Pinocchio: (Rachel Portman/Lee Holdridge/Stevie Wonder) Several attempts have been made to market the Pinocchio story to young children over the years, and The Adventures of Pinocchio was a live-action, animated, and digital combination that adapted the tale in 1996. Very obviously aimed at small children, this rendition failed to muster even minimal support among adults, with its confusing array of fairy-tale and modern day elements too illogical to comprehend. A colorful and overwhelming collection of mattes, miniatures, and digitized wonders conveyed the Pinocchio story with a modern angle of low humor, pop-musical songs, and off-hand topics. Its only redeeming factor may have been an outstanding performance from Martin Landau as Geppetto, starring opposite insufferable child-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the title character. Infused at the center of the music for the film is a cluster of songs by Stevie Wonder, which further confused the era and feel of the story. Also causing a blatant lack of consistency was the choice to make the film a pseudo-musical, with a variety of songs ranging from the pop variety to a full-blown opera libretto that steals the show. It's hard to wonder what the filmmakers were thinking with this one, though they did manage to hire some top notch talent for the project, and each song and cue (in their own) is interesting, if not memorably enjoyable. It's when you try to put the project together as a whole that it doesn't work. On album, the songs and score suffer a similar fate, begging for a few tracks to be transferred onto a compilation while others need to be shunned completely. The opening song, "Il Colosso" is a magnificent opera piece written and arranged by Brian May and Lee Holdridge. Adapting pieces of famous tunes into a powerful, orchestrally backed opera explosion of character, the song erupts with creativity and begs multiple listens if only because of its outstanding vocal edits and crystal clear recording. Its lead performances by Jerry Hadley and (a pre-Titanic) Sissel produce the highlight of the entire production, rendering the remainder of the soundtrack somewhat of a disappointment.



Ratings Icon
VIEWER RATINGS
160 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.96 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 37 3 Stars
** 27 2 Stars
* 34 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
COMMENTS
0 TOTAL COMMENTS
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments


No Comments

More...


Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:38
• 1. Il Colosso - performed by Jerry Hadley/Sissel/Just William (7:36)
• 2. Luigi's Welcome - performed by Jerry Hadley (2:33)
• 3. All for One - performed by Chorus (2:29)
• 4. Kiss Lonely Good-Bye - performed by Stevie Wonder (4:38)
• 5. Hold on to Your Dream - performed by Stevie Wonder (4:22)

Rachel Portman's Score:
• 6. Theme from Pinocchio (7:19)
• 7. Lorenzini (3:23)
• 8. Terra Magica (3:56)
• 9. Pinocchio Becomes a Real Boy (5:08)

• 10. Kiss Lonely Good-Bye - performed by Stevie Wonder (4:39)
• 11. Pinocchio's Evolution - performed by Chorus (3:46)
• 12. What Are We Made Of - performed by Sissel/Brian May (3:45)
• 13. Hold on to Your Dream (not in film) - performed by Stevie Wonder (5:57)
• 14. Kiss Lonely Good-Bye (not in film) - performed by Stevie Wonder (5:02)

Notes Icon
NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and lyrics for the songs.
Copyright © 2003-2017, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from The Adventures of Pinocchio are Copyright © 1996, Decca/London Records and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 6/4/03 and last updated 3/29/09.
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload