The first trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio has landed, revealing a first look at Tom Hanks as Geppetto.
Pinocchio follows a long trend of Disney live-action remakes, which has in recent years seen animated classics such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book translated to live-action. Some have proved more successful than others. Mulan in particular, which was given a Disney Plus exclusive release during the pandemic, failed to impress fans who criticized it for straying too far from the beloved elements of the original. Disney fans will be relieved to see there is little chance of that being the case for Pinocchio, which shows little sign of deviation from the animated movie.
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The first trailer for Pinocchio introduces Tom Hanks as Geppetto and everything about this reimagining of the fairy-tale carpenter seems to have leapt right out of the animated movie. From his big white mustache to his wall of whimsical clocks to his black and white cat, Figaro, Tom Hanks’ take on the character looks like the Geppetto of the original movie brought to life by a wave of the Blue Fairy’s wand.
The similarities don’t end there – Pinocchio himself, while only fleetingly glimpsed, appears to be an exact replica of his animated counterpart. The same can be said of the film’s CGI Jiminy Cricket, while other animal characters Honest John and Gideon also still appear as animated animals in this version. It appears Disney are not straying too far from the classic on this occasion. Check out the new trailer below:
The trailer also teases a new rendition of the beloved “When You Wish Upon A Star,” the song made famous not only by the original animated movie but by its use as the opening music for all movies from The Walt Disney Studios. In its final moments, the trailer offers a look at Cynthia Erivo’s enchanting take on the Blue Fairy who brings Pinocchio to life.
Pinocchio stars Tom Hanks, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, Cynthia Eriva and Luke Evans. The film is set to release on Disney Plus on September 8, for Disney Plus Day.
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