The film Pinocchio, a musical fantasy comedy, will be released in the United States in 2022 and was directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script he co-wrote with Chris Weitz. The film is a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1940 animated picture of the same name, which was based on Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, published in Italy in 1883.
Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, and Luke Evans star in the film, with Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Keegan-Michael Key providing their voices. In April 2015, production on a live-action remake of “Pinocchio” formally began. Before Sam Mendes and Paul King were ruled out, January 2020 saw the confirmation of Robert Zemeckis as the film’s director.
It was announced in November 2018 that Hanks was in early talks to play Geppetto in the film, but he dropped out after King’s departure and then came back to the project in August 2020. All of the big players were introduced in January and March of 2021. The production’s first month on set was March 2021, and they wrapped the following month.
Pinocchio: Released Date
On September 8, 2022, Disney+ unveiled their streaming adaptation of Pinocchio. Although the film’s screenplay, storyline, dialogue, and deviations were panned by critics, the performances of Tom Hanks and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as the film’s visuals and musical score, were acclaimed.
The early Disney animated features that established Walt Disney as a great storyteller and laid the groundwork for American cinematic fairytales have always had a hard time fitting Pinocchio in. Rare is the Disney fan who still loves 1940 original, the studio’s second animated picture. I was one of the many who found it disturbing and scary.
It’s an odd fable about a talking wooden puppet that wants to be a boy so badly he’ll see renegade kids turning into donkeys and then getting swallowed by a whale. Since a live-action Pinocchio remake is inevitable (for financial reasons), it stands to reason that movie will be released exclusively on Disney+ rather than in cinemas.
It’s a strange match, with less buzz than its live-action counterparts but being in between the two extremes of “children’s movie” and “children’s movie for adults.” There’s an oddness to the whole thing, as this unloved classic has been whittled down from the original 1883 novel by Italian author Carlo Collodi and modernized into a 1 hour and 40 minute visually stunning but emotionally uninteresting jumble.
At best, Disney’s live-action churn through the catalog has resulted in faithful adaptations that struggle to replicate the wonder of animation (The Lion King, Aladdin). At worst, it has produced uninvited cash grabs reaching deep into the uncanny valley (Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp).
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz, Pinocchio veers more toward the former, but it’s handicapped by the fact that it’s just never not odd, visually, to watch a CGI wooden puppet interact with actual humans.
- Tom Hanks as Geppetto
- Cynthia Erivo is The Blue Fairy
- Giuseppe Battiston is Stromboli
- Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana
- Jamie Demetriou is the unnamed aggressive headmaster.
- Angus Wright as Signore Rizzi.
- Sheila Atim as Signora Vitelli.
- Luke Evans as the Coachman
- Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick
- Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Pinocchio
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket
- Lorraine Bracco as Sofia
- Keegan-Michael Key as Honest John
- Jaquita Ta’le as Sabina
- Figaro the Cat, Cleo the Goldfish, and Monstro the Sea Monster also appear.
Maybe the plot synopsis here is too extensive or gives too much away. Please edit this to make it better by cutting out the fluff and making it more concise. Dated September 2022 (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Jiminy Cricket, together with his cats Figaro and Cleo, and a fish named Cleo, arrive at the home of Geppetto, a widowed old woodcarver, late one night in a little Italian village.
Geppetto has finished creating a marionette puppet of his late son and has given it the name Pinocchio. Geppetto wishes upon a star every night before going to sleep. Later that night, the star mysteriously resurrects Pinocchio, and he is soon visited by the Blue Fairy, who promises him he may become a real boy if he is courageous, truthful, and selfless.
The Blue Fairy also assigns Jiminy the role of Pinocchio’s moral compass in order to educate him on right and wrong. Geppetto is astonished to find a living Pinocchio, but his shock quickly turns to elation. Geppetto finally decides it’s time to send Pinocchio to school after a few days. Nonetheless, con artists “Honest” John the fox and “Gideon” the cat eventually approach Pinocchio.
John manipulates Pinocchio into believing that he needs to pursue a career in show business to become a genuine boy, all while plotting to sell him to Stromboli for a tidy profit. Pinocchio is kicked out of school for being a puppet, but Jiminy and a seagull named Sofia manage to persuade him to stay. Because Jiminy can’t stop Pinocchio from going to Stromboli’s,
Honest John puts a jar over him, and the boy makes up his mind to go there anyway. When Pinocchio visits Stromboli’s theater, he makes friends with Fabiana, one of the puppeteers, and her puppet, Sabina. Pinocchio performs well for the audience, but Stromboli confines him to a cage so he can never escape.
Eventually, Jiminy gets freed from the jar by Stromboli’s coach, and he ends up aiding Pinocchio’s escape by reaching the keys to the lock on the cage, thanks to Pinocchio’s deceitful attempts to lengthen the nose and so gain access to them. Pinocchio is supposed to return home for dinner, but when he doesn’t, Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo set out to find him.
Soon, a coach full of kids driven by a charming Coachman kidnaps Pinocchio and takes them to Pleasure Island, a place where bad behavior is actively promoted. When they arrive on the island, Pinocchio is amused at first, but soon becomes horrified by the youngsters’ acts of cruelty.
Jiminy finds out that the island’s children are converted into donkeys and sold to the salt mines by the Coachman and his fog-like minions when he and Pinocchio become separated again. Pinocchio sees Lampwick become turned into a donkey at a pool hall, and he and Jiminy manage to leave off the island ahead of the Coachman’s thugs, but not before Pinocchio gets ears and a tail of his own.