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Sparky's Magic Piano (1987)

A boy makes friends with a piano, and turns into a virtuoso. But he gradually becomes arrogant and the piano decides to teach him a lesson.


Lee Mishkin


Alan Livingston (story and screenplay) (as Alan W. Livingston)


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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Max / Sam / Laughing Audience Member (voice)
Heidi Sorenson Heidi Sorenson ... (voice)
Coral Browne ... (voice)
Tony Curtis ... TV Interviewer (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Ms. Pickett (voice)
Nancy Olson ... (voice)
Vincent Price ... Henry (voice)
William Schallert ... Narrator (voice)
Josh Rodine Josh Rodine ... Sparky (voice)
Alan Livingston Alan Livingston ... Piano (voice) (as Alan W. Livingston)
Peter Gerald Peter Gerald ... (voice)


A boy makes friends with a piano, and turns into a virtuoso. But he gradually becomes arrogant and the piano decides to teach him a lesson.

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Release Date:

1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Piano Mágico de Sparky See more »

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SMP Associates See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sparky says he plays Chopin's minute waltz in 30 seconds, but he plays it in 50 seconds. See more »


Featured in TV Offal: Episode #1.2 (1998) See more »


The Spinning Song (from Song Without Words), Opus 67 number 4
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Musical magic
23 November 2005 | by girlingreenSee all my reviews

Sparky's Magic piano might be seen as a modern fairy tale. It certainly deals with themes of how intoxicating Fame can be for those unprepared for it.

When a magical piano offers Sparky the chance to get fame and recognition by feigning to play for him, it seems almost too good to be true. Before long, Sparky is off jet-setting to exotic locales and charming his audiences with his "musical talent" on the piano. The path to celebrity hood soon goes to his head, and he becomes like one of the celebrity kids now domineering our tabloids today.

The key delights of this little animated feature are the wonderful classical pieces from the likes of Beethoven, Chopin and Bach. I was blown away by the lilting melodies from the Masters of old, and like the audience in the cartoon, you too will be swaying to the music before long.

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