Pinocchio 3K, 3 Wise Men Arrive

Tuesday, November 01 , 2005
By Ryan Ball

With Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith sure to dominate DVD sales this week and beyond, distributors Lions Gate Family Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment are hoping there are some consumer dollars left over for their respective direct-to-video animated releases,Pinocchio 3000 and The 3 Wise Men . There's more fun in threes as a trio of Alvin and the Chipmunks holiday specials hit disc, along with episodes of anime favorite Duel masters. 

Produced by CinéGroupe, the CG-animated Pinocchio 3000features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Howie Mandel and Malcolm McDowell in a futuristic retelling of the classic story of a puppet who longs to become a real boy. In this version, Pinocchio is a super robot who is tricked into helping the evil Scamboli (MacDowell) turn all children into automatons. With the help of friends Geppetto, Spencer (Mandel) and Cyberina (Goldberg), our hero must challenge Scamboli and learn valuable lessons about what it means to be real. 

Pinocchio 3000 is directed by Daniel Robichaud, a renowned animation director and digital artist whose credits includeTitanicThe Fifth ElementTerminator 2-3D and Apollo 13.