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“Pinocchio”: live-action film with Tom Hanks gets first trailer



“Pinocchio”, the new live-action movie from Disney Plus, received its first official trailer this Tuesday (31). Released during Good Morning America, the clip featured Tom Hanks as the artisan Geppetto, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy and even the “real” version of the famous Jiminy Cricket, which will be voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check out the video further down.

Along with the trailer, Disney has released a poster and release date for the film, which comes to streaming on September 8. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, “Pinocchio” will have Benjamin Evan Ainsworth playing the wooden puppet and should closely follow Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s novel, as well as the 1940 animated film.

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The live-action version of “Pinocchio” is one of many bets by Walt Disney, which has also produced remakes of “Dumbo”, “The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cinderella” and others. Just like in fairy tales, video game adaptations for movies are also on the rise. Recently, for example, “Sonic 2” debuted on the big screen and reached a historic milestone for game-based movies.

It is worth noting that the current Disney production should not be confused with Guilhermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio”, a stop-motion version being developed by the Oscar winner for Netflix. The feature is a musical animation that will also follow the tale of Collodi and should debut on the platform in December this year.


This piece is drawn from “Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love,” out from FSG on February 3rd.

When I was a boy I was made distinctly uncomfortable by, and even tried not to think about, the Walt Disney movie “Pinocchio.”

But in Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio” (serialized in 1881-1883)—the original text for the Walt Disney adaptation—Pinocchio, unlike Rousseau’s ideal of the child, is created naughty. In fact he’s badly behaved even before he’s created: while still a stick of wood, he starts a fight between Geppetto and his owner, and once he is a marionette he immediately wreaks all kinds of havoc: he insults Geppetto as soon as he has a mouth, laughs at him, runs away from him, etc. He behaves, in short, like a fairly typical two-year-old when the two-year-old is misbehaving. Collodi seems to have had Rousseau in mind. When the wise hundred-year-old cricket asks Pinocchio why he wants to run away from home, Pinocchio tells him: “I shall be sent to school and shall be made to study either by love or by force. To tell you in confidence, I have no wish to learn; it is much more amusing to run after butterflies, or to climb trees and to take young birds out of their nests.” Contra Rousseau, Collodi thinks that a young boy who does not undergo a traditional education will get only naughtier and will “grow up a perfect donkey” (as the cricket warns—and prophesizes—Pinocchio does indeed later become a donkey).


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