Although this animated feature has some impressive sequences, coupled with an extremely varied voice cast (Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, pop singer Rickie Lee Jones, et al.), it lifts too much from Disney's 1940 PINOCCHIO. The film opens as a mysterious carnival, which travels by ship,
settles down in a quiet meadow, disturbing the tranquility of an insect named Grumblebee. From this ominous beginning, we switch to the idyllic life of Geppetto and his son, the former puppet and now living boy Pinocchio. It is Pinocchio's birthday; to celebrate, his old pal the Blue Fairy shows
up to sing a song. She tells Pinocchio that the greatest gift of all is free will. Pinocchi...