YMMV / Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The show-stopping dance number "You're A Star" could qualify as this, since even with the justification of Pinocchio being in a magical pleasure world where dreams come true, it seems to come out of nowhere, and while clearly relevant to the plot (for there to be a Deal with the Devil some reward has to be given first) and characterization (it ties into Pinocchio's desire to be famous), it is never mentioned again either.
  • Complete Monster: The Emperor of Night is the cruel ruler of a nightmarish dimension, who gains power by trapping souls in his domain, while weakening the Blue Fairy enough so that he can destroy her. Working through his vile human henchman, Puppetino, they lure and tempt numerous victims into signing away their freedoms, and turn them into lifeless puppets for all eternity; one of the countless puppets trapped in the empire of the night includes a woman holding her baby. The Emperor soon targets Pinocchio as his next victim, and has Puppetino lure Pinocchio with a little girl they captured and turned into a puppet. Using magic from his master, Puppetino then transforms Pinocchio into a lifeless puppet, but not before torturing Pinocchio for his amusement. When Pinocchio is freed by the Blue Fairy, the Emperor manipulates Pinocchio and his friends into entering his domain. He uses Gepetto as his hostage, in order to coerce Pinocchio into signing away his freedom willingly, so that the Blue Fairy cannot save him. Pinocchio submits as long as his friends and father go free, until the Emperor orders Puppetino to take them all into the dungeon anyway. Once Pinocchio fights back, the Emperor smites Puppetino for his cowardice, and threatens to harm Gepetto if Pinocchio does not obey.
  • Cult Classic: The film made only $3.3 million at the box office, but has maintained a loyal cult following. It also currently has a 6.8/10 user rating on IMDb.
  • Moment of Awesome: The film's climax, where the power of choice is enough to destroy evil incarnate and tear the empire apart.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: Which side different parts of this movie fall on really depends on point of view. (Example: the Emperor of the Night's lines as he is overcome by the light of Pinocchio's heart could qualify as wonderfully karmic and awesome or...not.)
  • The Scrappy: That damned bee.
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