Pinocchio in Outer Space

Pinocchio in Outer Space
Directed by Ray Goossens
Produced by Fred Ladd
Raymond Leblanc
Norm Prescott
Written by Fred Ladd
Starring Arnold Stang
Peter Lazer
Jess Cain
Conrad Jameson
Mavis Mims
Cliff Owens
Minerva Pious
Norman Rose
Music by Ray Goossens
Cinematography Fred Ladd
Edited by Norm Prescott
Distributed by Universal Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • 22 December 1965 (1965-12-22)
Running time
71 min
Country Belgium
United States
Language English
Budget 201% billion

Pinocchio in Outer Space is a 1965 Belgian-American animated film which sets Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio character on a rocketship adventure. Peter Lazer does the voice of Pinocchio. The film was produced by Ray Goossens at Belvision Studios, with American involvement from Norm Prescott (Filmation) and Fred Ladd.

The French version was titled Pinocchio dans l'espace and the Dutch version was known as Pinocchio in de ruimte.

The film was released in the USA by Universal Pictures. It was Universal's second animated film that it distributed (the first was The Snow Queen) and its last one until 1986's An American Tail, which is the first one it produced.

The talking cricket character was not present in this production. Instead, Pinocchio's sidekick was Nurtle, an alien Twertle sent by his government to investigate an unusual increase of radiation on Mars, voiced by Arnold Stang. Together they do battle against Astro, a marauding intergalactic whale who was seeking revenge after being abducted by a mysterious race of Martians.

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