Pinocchio may not yet be a genuine boy, but he is unquestionably a real puppet.
The live-action remake of the beloved 1940 animated film “Pinocchio,” which will debut on Disney Plus in September, has debuted its first trailer.
The animated film “Pinocchio,” starring Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, is based on the beloved children’s novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Italian author Carlo Collodi, which was published in 1883. Geppetto (Tom Hanks), a childless woodcarver, made Pinocchio and wished on a star for him to grow up to be a real boy. A Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo), who comes to his store and brings the puppet to life after hearing his desire, responds. Geppetto, who is thrilled, nurtures Pinocchio as if he were his own child, but in order for him to stop being a living puppet and start being a real boy, he must embark on a coming-of-age adventure and learn what it is to be selfless, courageous, and genuine.
Luke Evans, who previously played Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” also appears in “Pinocchio” as the Coachman who runs the evil Pleasure Island with Hanks, Ainsworth, and Erivo. Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio’s friend and self-described “conscience,” is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the movie also has additional voice work from Lorraine Bracco and Keegan-Michael Key.
Robert Zemeckis, who also helmed “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” directed “Pinocchio,” which he co-wrote with Chris Weitz and produced alongside Andrew Milano. The movie’s executive producers are Jack Rapke, Jacqueline Levine, and Jeremy Johns. In addition to working with Glen Ballard, best known as the producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” to create new songs for the movie, regular collaborator of Zemeckis Alan Silvestri will provide the soundtrack for the picture. Erivo will sing the popular theme song from the first animated feature, “When You Wish Upon A Star,” in the sequel.
There are other forthcoming motion pictures using the well-known puppet besides “Pinocchio.” Pauly Shore plays the title character in the animated movie “Pinocchio: A True Story,” which Lionsgate Entertainment published earlier this year. Additionally, a stop-motion animated Pinocchio movie starring Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, and David Bradley is anticipated to be released on Netflix in December. Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson are attached to direct. The Little Mermaid, which will be released in theatres on May 26, 2023, and “Peter Pan & Wendy,” which, like “Pinocchio,” will be a Disney Plus exclusive, are two further future live-action remakes of Disney animated flicks.