Advent Calendar House - TV Holiday & Christmas Specials

Pinocchio’s Christmas

Episode Summary

Rankin/Bass’s wood-burrowing earworm factory. Guests: Michael DiGiovanni, Michael May. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 The Advent Calendar House gets overrun by earworms strong enough to burrow into wood as we carve into the 1980 Rankin/Bass Christmas special starring Pinocchio.  


🎙 Guests:  

Michael DiGiovanni (@theatomicgeeks, The Atomic Geeks, Classic Film Jerks, Pop Culture Retrofit).  

Michael May (@michaelmaycomix,, Sleigh Bell Cinema, Mystery Movie Night, Nerd Lunch Fourth Chair Army Invasion, and I think that might be it… FOR NOW).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Two songs, Dancin’ and The Very Best Friend I Ever Had, were cut from and later restored to TV broadcasts.  

2. Starstuff, a Philadelphia market, Saturday morning kids’ sci-fi TV series starring Todd Porter, the voice of Pinocchio.  

3. The most disappointing gifts we’ve ever received, including what Santa gave me after I allegedly misspelled “Alpha Critters.”  

4. We question the less-than-clear laws that govern Pinocchio’s lie-detecting nose, which appear to grant him a mulligan here.  

5. Those classic Christmas puppet show characters, Don Quixote and an alligator.  

6. The strange flash-forward to the rest of Pinocchio’s better-known adventures, even though Rankin/Bass already made a Pinocchio TV series, its first ever stop-motion animation project.  


“Pinocchio’s Christmas” ©1980 Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc.  

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