Sometimes you take a look ato old cartoons and the thought does cross the mind, "what sort of drugs were involved in the making of this thing?" I know Sid and Marty Kroft have said repeatedly they did not imbide any herbs, but come ... "Lidsville?" That was conceived by sane minds without chemical augmentation? Nope, don't believe it for a second.
Which brings us to "Pinocchio in Outer Space." Now this was made in 1964 and I can sort see the logic. The kids were big into the whole space race thing, so why not update the tale and all right? We can make Pinocchio into a robot, right? That's like a puppet. All the themes would work just as well.
Well, except they didn't go the whole science fiction route. Pinocchio is still a wooden puppet (he was bad again so the blue fairy turned him back), but now he's in the near future. Oh and there are still talking foxes.
Anyway, the space angle comes because all of earth's satellites and rockets are being destroyed by something. Suddenly a space twurtle (note, not a TURTLE) named ....Nurtle. Yeah, Nurtle the space Twurtle. Let that sink in for a second. Anyway, Nurtle for some reason gives a little wooden boy a lift in his spaceship. They go to Mars and run from monsters. The real monster though is the giant space whale, the one that has been eating rockets. So guess what happens to pinocchio eventually?
Yeah he gets eaten by the space whale, and he finds his pappa there because he somehow hitched ride in a rocket to look for his son. They of course get out and Pinocchio tries to hypnotize the space whale..
Lordie I love saying space whale... hold on a second
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ah there got that out of my system. Anyhoo, don't worry everybody eventually Pinocchio gets home. He is turned back into a little boy and somehow managed to avoid being molested by a twurtle (I don't trust Nurtle, nope), and everyone lives happily ever after. Now back to top of this article, after reading this can you honestly think unwarped minds came up with this?
I didn't think so...