Disney's Live Action 'Pinocchio' Remake: Everything You Need to Know

Disney has long been in the business of making live-action remakes out of old classic animated films. From Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin to Dumbo, Mulan and several others, it's only natural that the lovable wooden puppet Pinocchio becomes a real boy on the screen next.

On Wednesday, Disney+ released the first look at its newest live-action endeavor, taking on the classic 1940 animated film Pinocchio. Featuring a star-studded cast, the dark-whimsical film is expected to recapture the hearts of many in its own, modern way.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming film.


For those who are less familiar with the original, the movie is based on a children's book from 1883 titled The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, an Italian author. The story takes place in Italy, where a woodcarver named Geppetto lives.

Geppetto creates Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who is brought to life after Geppetto wishes on a star that Pinocchio would be a real boy. Through a fair amount of magic and love, Pinocchio has the chance to prove himself worthy of being a real boy, but he must first overcome several worldly temptations and become selfless and honest in order to do so.

Cast and Crew

The live adaption is being directed by Robert Zemeckis, who also directed Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future franchise, Cast Away and The Polar Express, among many others. Zemeckis is also credited as the screenwriter for the film.

What many of Zemeckis' movies have in common is Tom Hanks in a starring role, and Pinocchio will be no different. Hanks will play the gentle-hearted Geppetto, while Benjamin Evan Ainsworth is the voice of Pinocchio.

Other cast members include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, Keegan Michael-Key as Honest John, Luke Evans as the Coachman, and Giuseppe Battiston as Stromboli.

Release Date and Streaming

The film will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on September 8, a day that Disney will celebrate the anniversary of the streaming service.

Above, a Disney+ streaming service sign is pictured at the D23 Expo, billed as the "largest Disney fan event in the world," on August 23, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Disney+ is releasing a new live-action remake of the classic animated film "Pinocchio." ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

The special event will lead into the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, which is taking place in Anaheim, California, starting September 9.

Watch the Trailer for Disney's Pinocchio

A new trailer for the live-action adaption was released on Wednesday and can be watched on YouTube or Twitter.

Disney+ tweeted the full-length video, found here.

This Is Not the Only Pinocchio Movie Coming Soon

Another rendition of the classic story of boyhood will be coming soon.

From director Guillermo del Toro—famous for Pan's Labyrinth and the Oscar-winning Shape of Water—comes a unique telling of the story, done completely through stop-motion animation.

The movie will be released in theaters in November before coming to Netflix in December and stars Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Gregory Mann, David Bradley, Finn Wolfhard, and Cate Blanchett.

Newsweek reached out to Disney+ for additional comment.