Disney+ has released a first look image of its upcoming all-new live action “Pinocchio,” which will premiere exclusively on the streaming service this September.
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.
Robert Zemeckis, Derek Hogue, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz are the film’s producers, with Jackie Levine, Jack Rapke, Alexandra Derbyshire, and Jeremy Johns the executive producers.
Walt Disney Productions initially released Pinocchio as an animated musical fantasy film Pinocchio in 1940 based on the 1883 Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It came after Disney’s first animation success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Pinocchio won Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “When You Wish Upon A Star. It initially did not do so well in the box office due to World War II which canceled the European and Asian markets. However, it made a profit when it was reissued in 1945 and is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made.