I think this production will be enjoyed mostly by little ones. For me, several of the songs and their encores were, well, annoying. That’s usually a good sign that kids will enjoy something – so long as it’s irksome to adults. There are a couple of exceptions – “Since I Gave My Heart Away” is both lyrical and heartfelt. Of course, the real toe-tapper, the one that will stay with you, is “I’ve Got No Strings.” This memorable piece is from the original Disney animated theatrical “Pinocchio.”
“Geppetto” reminds adults to be thankful for what we have and teaches children that it doesn’t matter what you’re made of on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. ABC has featured several outstanding original productions this year, including “The Miracle Maker,” “The Three Stooges,” and “Arabian Nights.” Although “Geppetto” is not as satisfying for grownups as those films, it does have heart, and that network should be congratulated for attempting to make features that will inspire younger members of the family.