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Pinocchio
Publisher: THQ (US), Disney Interactive (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-239026
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? MK1196-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F MK1196-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? MK1196-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas MK1196-50
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 051100



Pinocchio is a sidescrolling action game for the Sega Mega Drive based on the Disney film with the same name.

History

Development

Similar to previous Disney properties handled by Virgin Interactive (Aladdin, The Jungle Book and The Lion King), animation in Pinocchio was produced by official Disney animators in DisneyWorld, Florida. Virgin would draw the basic concepts of the game in London, which would be sent to Florida for review (often being radically changed in the process) and then sent back, to which Virgin would attempt to recreate the concepts in video game form[2]. The character of Pinocchio has roughly 2,000 frames of animation in total[2].

24 Virgin staff members worked on Pinocchio[3], using an engine built from the ground up. A Sega 32X version was planned for a simultaneous release[4] (though the Mega Drive version had at least an eight month head start on development[4]), but was cancelled for unknown reasons. Disney prevented Virgin from producing a Sega Saturn conversion due to aspirations of entering the video game market on their own[4].

Production credits

  • Programming: Dave Chapman, Phil Lewin, Leo Skirenko, Richard Turner
  • Head Programmer: Mike Ball
  • Chief Designer: Dan Marchant
  • Assistant Designer: Sarah Thompson
  • Head Artist: Kevin Oxland
  • Animators: Paul Hallewell, Patrick Beirne, Stephen Cavalier, Simon Swift
  • Sprite Artists: Mark Anthony, Wayne Dalton, Marina Vydelingum, Eric Bailey, Matt Butler
  • Westwood Studios Sprite Artists: Cindy Chin, Frank Saxton, Penina Finger, Kennn Seward, Andy Wilson
  • Background Artists: Mark Bentley, Emma Cubberley, Jonathan Green
  • Music and Sound Effects: Allister Brimble
  • Storyboards: Sean Millard
  • Producer: Dave Vout
  • Assistant Producer: Paul Welton
  • Executive Producer: Tony Fagelman
  • Director: Dan Marchant
  • Lead Testers: Tony Hinds, Tony Byus
  • Testers: Michael Wenn, Alon Malka
  • Special Thanks: All the London Studios Team, Louis Castle, Jonathan Howard, Tim Chaney, Colin Gordon, David Bishop, Julian Rignall, Michael Giacchino, and All the Virgin Atlantic Staff (Florida and LA Routes)
  • Senior Producer: Patrick Gilmore
  • Associate Producer: Leila Chang
  • Project Manager: Chip Vollers
  • Production Administrator: James Mellot
  • Test Supervisor: Jeffrey W. Blattner
  • Lead Tester: Mary Schuyler
  • Testers: John Castro, Patrick Larkin, Ronny Louie, Daryl David, Jesse David, Andre Aguilar, Toby Espiritu, Weijean Strand, David Mendelson
  • Documentation: Andrea Smith
  • Special Thanks: Michael Clement
Walt Disney Feature Animation, Animation Services
  • Producer: Paul Curasi
  • Associate Producer: Chuck Williams
  • Character Design and Development: Jim Story, Seung Kim, Michael Benet
  • Supervising Animator: Chris Bradley
  • Animators: Michael Benet, Tim Massa, Tony Stanley, Craig Grasso, Darko Cesar, Rob Corley, Elliot Bour, Travis Blaise
  • Clean-Up: Arden Chan, Kevin Proctor, Merrit Andrews, Caroline Clifford, Kim Torpey, Julia Woolf, Amanda Barnes, Daniela Topham, Joanne Gooding, Annie O'Dell
  • Effects Animators: Joe Gilland, Gary Sole
  • Head of Image Processing and Color Models: Pam Darley
  • Image Processing: Cyndi Sager
  • Animation Check: Jacqueline Hooks
  • Scanning: Jay Shindell
  • Editor: Jeff Draheim
  • Post-Production Associate: Gary Blair
  • Production Management
    Production Manager
    [sic]: Cammie Cavalin
  • Production Coordinator: Laura Roberson
  • Assistant to the Producer: Annette Laguer
  • Personnel Administrator: Jan Seketa
  • Business Manager: Cindy Beltz
  • Production Accountant: Stephanie Thrift
  • Technical Support: Enrique Santos, Don Gworek, Raul Anaya, Todd King, John Outten
  • Production Assistants: Scott Hutton, Jay Shindell, Barney North
  • London Crew
    Supervising Animator
    [sic]: Uli Meyer
  • Animators: Gary Dunn, Dean Roberts, Arnaud Berthier, Tom Lock, Panagiotis Rappis, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn, Mark Broecking
  • Clean-Up: Richard Jack, Christopher Clarke, Niel Bushnell, Michele Craig, Debbie Wall
  • Production Coordinator: Julie Pye

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №49, p66[1]
83 №68, p120
70 №91, p11
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
3 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Pinocchio MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Pinocchio MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Pinocchio MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Pinocchio MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Pinocchio MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
Pinocchio MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
Pinocchio MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:MeanMachinesSega49UK.pdf, page 66
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:MeanMachinesSega32UK.pdf, page 25
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega32UK.pdf, page 26
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 File:MeanMachinesSega32UK.pdf, page 27


Games based on Disney animated films for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Ariel the Little Mermaid (1992) | Disney's Aladdin (1993) | The Jungle Book (1994) | The Lion King (1994) | Pinocchio (1995) | Pocahontas (1996)
Sega Game Gear
Ariel the Little Mermaid (1992) | Disney's Aladdin (1993 | The Jungle Book (1994) | The Lion King (1994)
Sega Master System
Disney's Aladdin (1993) | The Jungle Book (1994) | The Lion King (1994) | Ariel the Little Mermaid (1996)
Sega Pico
Math Antics with Disney's 101 Dalmatians (1994) | Pocahontas Riverbend Adventures (1995) | The Lion King: Adventures at Pride Rock (1995) | Nurie Daisuki! Dumbo no Waku Waku Circus! (1997) | Peter Pan Neverland e Ikou! (1997) | Shirayukihime (1999) | Disney Princesses: Princess ni Naritai (2003) | Disney Princesses: Ariel (2004) | Disney Princesses: Suteki ni Lesson! Hiragana-Katakana (2004)
Sega Dreamcast
Disney's Dinosaur (2000)