Yes, that's right. There are two Pinocchio movies set for a release this year. The difference between the two, apart from technology used and production, is that Guillermo del Toro's version is a darker take on the classic.
On the other hand, Disney will be releasing a live-action version of the novel, which will exclusively be available on Disney+. If you're looking forward to the latter, you'll be pleased to know that it will be released in September. When exactly? Here's all we know about the movie so far.
When is Disney+'s Pinocchio Release Date?
You don't have to wait too long for Pinocchio to be available on Disney+. In fact, you can start watching the live-action movie on September 8, 2022. This is also the Disney+ Day celebration, which Disney will celebrate with its biennial fan expo D23.
Along with its release date, Disney announced that the movie will be released on its streaming platform instead of a theatrical release. This isn't the first live-action remake that Disney decided to forgo a cinema release. Apart from Pinocchio, Disney released other live adaptations of Lady and the Tramp and Mulan on its streaming service.
What Is Disney+'s Pinocchio About?
Along with its first teaser, Disney revealed the official synopsis of Pinocchio as:
"Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live action retelling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the wood carver who builds and treats Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his own son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide as well as his "conscience"; Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is "Honest" John; Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco is Sofia the Seagull, a new character, and Luke Evans is The Coachman. Also in the cast are Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana (and her marionette Sabina), Giuseppe Battiston as Señor Stromboli and Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick."
It's possible that we'll see the familiar story be adapted into the film. But along with the change in animation style, we might see a few changes to the plot.
How Is Disney+'s Pinocchio Different From Netflix's Pinocchio?
As mentioned, this isn't the only Pinocchio movie that will be released this year. Later in December, Netflix will be releasing its own Pinocchio version. This version is co-written and co-directed by Guillermo del Toro. In addition to this, that version will be a stop-motion animation. Disney+'s version, on the other hand, is a live adaptation of the novel.
As for the storytelling, it looks like Disney's version is a faithful retelling of the classic animated film. Meanwhile, the Netflix version is a dark and demented adaptation of the novel.
Disney+'s Pinocchio Cast: Who's in It?
Here's a really impressive fun fact: most of the actors in Disney+'s Pinocchio remake were also part of the original movie. The main cast includes the following stars:
- Tom Hanks (as Gepetto)
- Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (as Pinocchio)
- Luke Evans (as The Coachman)
- Cynthia Erivo (as The Blue Fairy)
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Jiminy Cricket)
- Keegan-Michael Key (as The Fox)
- Sheila Atim (as Signora Vitali)
- Lorraine Bracco (as Sofia the Seagull)
- Giuseppe Battison (as Signor Stromboli)
- Lewin Lloyd (as Lampwick)
For years, it has been rumored that Robert Downey Jr. will star in Tim Burton's Pinocchio. There's no mention of him landing a role in this film but there are rumors that he will be playing the role of Gepetto.
We'll know for sure once this is cleared up.
Where to Watch Disney+'s Pinocchio Trailer
Disney released its first Pinocchio trailer back in May 31, 2022.
The trailer doesn't give too much away yet at the same time, it gives us a glimpse that the story will remain loyal to the classic novel.
We also hear the ever famous When You Wish Upon a Star song that got its popularity from the classic film. You can watch the trailer here:
On September 5th, Walt Disney Studios released the official clip for Pinocchio. The clip reveals Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character, Jiminy Cricket, is Pinocchio's conscience.
You can watch the new trailer here: