Others, like the doomed donkey into which Lampwick
is transformed, or the monster shark that swallows Pinocchio and Geppetto, are quaintly hokey.
Far and away the most wished-upon star is Keanu Reaves, who's given the part of Lampwick
, "the laziest boy in school," Pinoke's fellow truant and travel/companion to Fun Island, "a wonderful place to be a boy/where everyone does everyone and no one's out done."
In the new Pinocchio's Daring Journey ride, hologram technology helps transform Lampwick
into a donkey; fiber optics make the Blue Fairy disappear.
There was also his brainless bovver-boy, crusty colonel, camp Clarence ("Hello honky-tonks"), country yokel and lovable old Lampwick
Full marks too to Graham Geoffrey Hicks, as both Pinocchio's best mate Lampwick
and Kevin the Cricket, and to Martyn F Williams who brings pathos to the role of Geppetto.
Rhiannon, 11 plays Jininy Cricket, Owen, 14 is Lampwick
and also plays bass guitar with the band while father Steve, a leading performer in so many TAT productions, is directing the show he has written.
We've met Mandy and heavy-breathing Hettie as well as old soldier Lampwick
, twin to Corporal Jones.
Their panto co-stars at the Pavilion include Alison and High Road's Gary Hollywood, who plays Lampwick
It's more than 20 year since the late comedian's shows were last on the box, but who could forget such characters as Kitchener Lampwick
, Randy Mandy, Sex-starved Hettie, Bovver Boy, The Toothy Vicar and Camp Clarence?
Remember his toothy vicar, Hettie the frustrated spinster, the camp Honky Tonk, Gaylord the bovver boy, and Lampwick
? Then there was Mandy (left) whose catchphrase became Emery's most famous, "Ooh, you are awful...
There was glass-eyes, bull-eyes and fresh butter, Lampwicks
and liniment too, Pastry as hard as a shutter, That a billy goat's jaw couldn't chew; Tabacco [sic] and whiskers of crackies, That would give you the fever and ache You'd crack off from the knees if you happen to sneeze After eating this Trinity Cake.