He first appears as the secondary villain of the animated film, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night.
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The Final Show
His circus starts to draw crowds away from Stromboli's puppet show. Wanting to rid himself of competition, the corpulant Stromboli hires Doctor Facilier to kill Puppetino. Facilier arrives at Puppetino's circus and confronts him. Puppetino uses a magic box to distract Falcilier, and then uses his magic puppet strings to attack, hoping to turn Facilier into a puppett. But the Shadow Man pulls out a voodoo doll, and Puppetino attempts to flee. Facilier the uses the doll to turn Puppetino into a lifeless puppet himself. With Puppetino dead, Facilier then goes to collect his reward.
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Master of the Stage
Puppetino joins up with a fellow showman, Professor Screweyes; the two design a business that drains spectators of fear in order to fuel the Nightmare King. A newcomer arrives in the Great Fusilli, a crocodile-like puppeteer himself. Fusilli seeks to join the alliance, but Screweyes only lets him do so if he can impress Puppetino. While Fusilli prepares his puppets, Puppetino activates a mysterious music box. As Fusilli, against his will, jumps down onto the stage and begins dancing, Pupettino attaches strings to him from magical control rods. Within seconds, Fusilli becomes a puppet and joins Puppetino's "family."
Puppetino's tenure with Screweyes's circus does not last long. After Samhain bursts into the circus, Puppetino is quickly killed by one of the pumpkin ghost's curses.
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The Festival of Fools
During the Festival of Fools' event, Puppetino is amongst the entertainers, who perform in the city of Paris. Soon enough the Festival is short cut by the arrival of Quasimodo, a hunchback working for his master, Frollo. Upon witnessing him, Rameses orders his arrest and humiliation. Puppetino draws strings, that put Quasimodo in a place, unable to escape. He watches in glee, as the hero is tortured. By the end of the Festival, Quasimodo is chained to the Palace of Justice, while Puppetino returns to the Lobster Inn., where his master resides; the sinister Coachman.
A Deal with a Scientist
During a night at the Lobster Inn., the Coachman and the rest of his perfomers are approached by a scientist of Tyler, Dr. Schechter. The doctor proposes a deal with the entertainers, as he demands the capture of many children to the circus, in exchange for a large sum of money. The Coachman and the perfomers gladly agree to his terms.
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Later, the performers draw many children to the circus and begin to start their marvelous show. While it was looked like a fuzzy and entertaining show, soon enough the performers show their true colors, as they show them visions of nightmares and shadows. They, even, manage to turn Lampwick, slowly, into a donkey. In the chaos and mayhem that follows, Puppetino ties up Michael Darling, John Darling and the Lost Boys in his strings. He, then turns his intentions to Clara, and imprisons her as well. After the end of the show, the Coachman, Puppetino and the rest perfomers show their imprisoners, before Tyler himself.
The Battle at the Circus
Later, the Coachman addresses his allies, as he announches them the next phase of his plans; a grand show, featuring the brainwashed dinosaurs, controlled by Sarousch. When the show is interrupted by several heroes, who break out in the circus to save their friends, Puppetino makes a stand to stop them. He nearly does so, as the perfomers outmatch the animal heroes. However, the heroes recieve a great assistance from Jim Hawkins, Mulan, Stitch, Julie, Pinocchio and Clopin, who make their way to the interior of the circus to stop the villains. Puppetino then uses his strings to attach Mulan, hoping that they would stop her, only for Mulan to parry the strings. She then knocks out Puppetino from the battlefield. Upon being recovered, Puppetino looks in horror the demise of Mommy Fortuna by the Marahute. He, thus, makes his escape, along with the rest of the performers, not wanting to share a similiar fate.