Disney is once again recreating a beloved childhood story as the trailer for their latest live-action film adaptation of the timeless classic Pinocchio. I have to admit it looks pretty magical and might be a very decent film if Disney pulls it off correctly.
Over the last few years, Disney has been hashing out live-action remakes of old classic fairytales and previously animated movies, with the most recent Cruella (2021) bringing in $200 million from the box office. Now it is the 8th wonder of the world’s time to shine and move from animation to real life as the second trailer for the upcoming film Pinocchio was released earlier this week. We have a lot to look forward to as Tom Hanks takes up the role of Pinocchio’s father and creator Geppetto, while the voice of the puppet comes to life and will be played by child actor Benjamin Ainsworth. At the same time, other well-known characters such as Jiminy Cricket and The Blue Fairy will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cynthia Erivo, respectively.
The beloved classic comes to life in the all-new live-action #Pinocchio! Watch the new trailer and stream the movie, a #DisneyPlusDay premiere, on September 8 on @DisneyPlus! 🕰 🕯🦗🧚♂️🌟🐋 pic.twitter.com/aZ7MPOa7IS— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2022
Though most of the previous remakes have been major wins for Disney in terms of cost, there have been a few that haven’t performed as well or at all, namely the 2020 Mulan remake. However, other films like Aladdin (2019) and The Lion King (2019) both brought in billions of dollars despite both films averaging about a 6.9 on IMDB. So while those films did amazing at the box office, some couldn’t help but nitpick at either the animation or the cast choices will Aladdin having Will Smith play the all-powerful Gennie in the lamp, a choice which some made memes about. Where I think Pinocchio will succeed on top of having crisp clean CGI, it also has a strong list of actors to fit the part. The only downside I think is that like Mulan, Pinocchio will skip a theatrical release in favor of a streaming release. But we shall see if this choice bites Disney in the butt or not.
Overall, I’m excited to see what the remaining of 2022 has in store as other live-action remakes are in the world for other movies such as Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and more. Pinocchio(2022) will premiere next month September 8th on Disney+ exclusively.