Disney+ releases new trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio

Disney’s live-action remakes of classic children’s cartoons continue next month. On the heels of Aladdin, Mulaneand The Lion King come Pinocchio, a true-to-life retelling of the famous tale. Like the aforementioned live-action adaptations that utilized the talents of Will Smith, Jet Li, and Beyoncé, Pinocchio assembled an A-List ensemble to support Benjamin’s titular puppet Evan Ainsworth. Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key and more round out the cast, while legendary director Robert Zemeckis helms the project.

As the film nears its Disney+ debut date, the studio has released a new trailer. This second trailer features a lot more footage of Pinocchio, who interacts with Hanks’ Geppetto and his animated animatronic friends. The trailer culminates with the kidnapping of Pinocchio, leaving Geppetto worried. From there, the screen bursts with colored lights and fireworks and Pinocchio discovers the world around him. The trailer’s tag features Pinocchio’s infamous growing nose, which expands every time he tells a lie.

Pinocchio finds itself in the rare situation of going straight to Disney+ rather than receiving any kind of theatrical release. Disney+ has had plenty of exclusive movies before, including another live-action remake the Lady and the Tramp as well as Pixar projects Lucas and turn redbut it’s the highest-profile original film for the House of Mouse streamer to date given the talent involved.

This live-action movie should not be confused with Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro, which is also coming out this year. This film is shot in stop-motion and also has an impressive set. The likes of Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett and more lend their voice talents to del Toro’s animated adaptation.

The Disney+ version has been in development for nearly a decade, with the studio first expressing interest in creating a Pinocchio film in April 2015. From there, Sam Mendes (1917) entered talks to direct, but ultimately left the project in November 2017. Zemeckis entered negotiations in October 2019, and the pieces began to fall into place. Hanks has flirted with the film twice, initially stepping out of talks in November 2018 but rejoining in August 2020 once Zemeckis was on board. Zemeckis and Hanks had worked together many times before, including on Forrest Gump, Castawayand The Polar Express.

Pinocchio begins streaming on Disney+ Day, which ends September 8.

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