In Review: Pinocchio (Disney+)

Synopsis: In Pinocchio, a puppet is brought to life by a fairy, who assigns him to lead a virtuous life to become a real boy.

The history

toy maker Geppetto carves a puppet of a little boy. The puppet, whom he calls Pinocchio. That night, as he says his prayers for him, Geppetto sees a shooting star and wishes for a son. Listen to Geppetto’s wish. The Blue Fairy brings the puppet to life and tells him to try to lead a virtuous life so that he can eventually become a real boy. In order to help the young man in this task. The fairy assigns Jimminy Cricket to be Pinocchio’s conscience, which proves to be a challenging task as the boy has a knack for finding trouble.

When Geppetto wakes up, he is excited to find that his creation has come to life and proceeds to father the boy and sends him off to school. However, Pinocchio is expelled from school for not being a real boy and is later kidnapped by a traveling show and forced to sing and dance for the crowd.

The acting

Tom Hanks He takes on the fatherly role of Geppetto and puts in a solid performance as the lonely toymaker. He does a great job with the character’s mannerisms and fully embraces the role. Equally, Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings his voice to Jimminy Cricket, who acts both as Pinocchio’s conscience and as the narrator of the story. Weather Benjamin Evan Ainsworth he provides his voice to the main character and fully commits to the role.

Cynthia Erivo she does a good performance as the Blue Fairy and does a brilliant job with the song ‘When you ask a starHowever, the fairy’s role in this film is not as big as it was in the original animated version of the film, as Disney changed the ending for this modern version.

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General

As a fan of the original animated version, I was really looking forward to seeing this, but I was also a little nervous about seeing it. You see, the original version has some good memories attached to it. I remember my late father taking me and my brother to see him in the mid 70’s to get the kids out of the way so my late mother could throw a Tupperware party.

Anyway, I really liked this new version of the story. The character models were brilliantly animated and the voice talent really brought them to life. I loved some of the references to famous actors during the scene where Pinocchio is picked up by Honest John the Fox who tries to trick the boy.

All musical numbers are intact and remain as timeless as ever.

And the ending of the movie, which is changed, works well, as I can easily imagine Pinocchio and Jimminy Cricket having many more adventures. I was always a little concerned when the Blue Fairy waved her wand at him and turned the puppet into a real boy in the original movie. Kind of made Jimminy Cricket’s role as the boy’s conscience kind of redundant. So I liked this ending better as it celebrates the fact that Pinocchio is different from the other children.

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