Although a lot of stars have been cast for the new Disney film and many fans should already be happy, a first trailer has now revealed that the studio’s next big film will not be released in cinemas.
Disney has been focusing on remakes for several years and has had great success with it. This year it continues: A live-action version of “Pinocchio” will be released. The cartoon original was published in 1940. Although Disney is now reviving the material more than 80 years later, it seems willing to stick as closely as possible to its groundbreaking predecessor – if the trailer is to be believed.
It shows images that are reminiscent of the original through and through and pay tribute to the legendary film every second. In particular, Master Gepetto and Jiminy Cricket can be seen, but Pinocchio himself can hardly be seen at all. Disney probably wants to reserve a first look at the “new Pinocchio”. But the trailer comes up with another big surprise at the very end.
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Pinocchio: Disney remake only available in streaming
In the end, the trailer reveals that “Pinocchio” will not be released in cinemas, but will be released worldwide on Disney + on September 8, 2022. This has happened in the past with the live-action versions of “Lady and the Strolch” and “Mulan”, although in the latter case this was due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement is particularly surprising because Disney has assembled a real star line-up for “Pinocchio”.
Gepetto is played by Hollywood legend Tom Hanks, for example, while Jiminy Grille is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the original. Also, Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo plays the fairy and sings a new version of the theme song “When You Wish Upon a Star”. Luke Evans, known from “Fast & Furious” and “The Hobbit” is also involved. Director is Robert Zemeckis, who has already staged classics such as “Back to the Future”, “Cast Away”, “Forrest Gump” and “The Polar Express” in the past.
Netflix also has a new “Pinocchio” on offer
Disney’s Pinocchio won’t be the only 2022 adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s children’s book, in which a carved wooden boy comes to life and his nose lengthens with every lie spoken. A stop-motion animated adaptation of the story, directed by star director Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Netflix in late 2022. But it will be much darker than the more well-known Disney version.
The original Pinocchio story is now in the public domain, meaning almost anyone can make their own Pinocchio movie without spending a fortune to acquire the rights first. It was not until spring 2020 that an Italian film adaptation by director Matteo Garrone was shown at the Berlin Film Festival, which received great critical acclaim. Disney has enough competition, but of course fans are looking forward to seeing their beloved childhood film shine in new splendor.
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