Disney Plus has released its latest live-action adaptation of a classic Disney animated film. This time, Pinocchio was transformed and remade for modern audiences with a cast including Tom Hanks, Keegan Michael-Key and Luke Evans. From new characters to beloved old moments, the film is filled with a mix of old and new.
Whether Disney fans love every change the company has made in the new film, there are a number of significant differences between the live-action movie and the original cartoon classic.
6/6 Sad Geppetto
Geppetto was much happier and more satisfied with his motives for building Pinocchio into the 1940 edition of the story. In the 2022 remake, Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto and briefly mentions his deceased son, who he made Pinocchio look like. It’s a sad story that was included for his character and was revisited several times throughout the film as Geppetto acted much more like a father to Pinocchio than in the original.
Normally it would be useful to add this kind of emotional backstory to the film, but since it doesn’t add much to the main plot, it feels like a wet squib of an addition. Thankfully, Tom Hanks was able to handle the change with some aplomb, which made audiences feel sorry for his loss.
5/6 comic style
There were unexpected moments of comedy and levity throughout the live-action remake that came unexpectedly. The style of the 1940 film was pretty dry, and while it wasn’t without wit and charm, the live-action remake seems to have made a more conscious effort to add in-jokes wherever possible.
A particularly odd moment was when Pinocchio tried to explain as he walked towards Geppetto all the adventures he had had since the last time he saw him, and Geppetto exclaimed in surprise in front of him. all this happened in one night. Tom Hanks’ Italian accent slipped out during this moment and made it all the more comical, but many other humorous moments didn’t go as smoothly as this one.
The most notable addition to the film is a major new supporting character in the form of Fabiana and her puppet. Although Pinocchio wasn’t a character that many fans expected to have a love interest, Fabiana’s puppet was apparently meant to have chemistry with the long-nosed protagonist, but that never really mattered in the movie. plot. His character didn’t even get him out of the cage Stromboli locked him in.
It’s unclear if this character was there more to tease a potential sequel, which the new show she put together herself apparently did, or if it was Disney’s intention to give Pinocchio a love interest. potential. The character was interesting but completely unrelated to the characters found in the original film, and her appearance was a significant change.
3/6 The blue fairy
Not only was there a change in the number of blue fairies seen in the film, as she only appears in one scene, but she’s also the one who sings “When You Wish Upon A Star” in the remake, per contrast to the original where Geppetto was the one who sang the famous tune.
Cynthia Erivo managed to do an incredible rendition of the song, and the scene was a great first in the film. It was a surprise that the Blue Fairy never appeared again, both because she appeared later in the 1940 film and because Erivo was excellent in the role and had a high rating in the film.
2/6 The coachman and the island of pleasures
Luke Evans’ version of the villainous Coachman in the film also held a few surprises. Several changes from the original version led him to snatch Pinocchio from the side of the road, the new song that was included in the remake, and what happened when the kids arrived at Pleasure Island.
While some of the things kids were allowed to run around and do on Pleasure Island made sense, breaking clocks was an incredibly specific detail added specifically for Pinocchio’s benefit. Also, the root beer and the excitement the kids had for it was an odd choice. This was included in place of smoking and drinking in the original film, but it was a confusing replacement that felt weird.
1/6 Monster and the end
Some of the most significant changes between the two films were in the final act. While Geppetto had already been swallowed by Monstro when Pinocchio tracked him down, in the remake they are swallowed together, having just reunited. Plus, it doesn’t take them more than a minute or two in the remake to come up with an escape plan. Pinocchio’s powers with his legs working as a motor for a boat were obviously added in the live-action adaptation.
Finally, the fact that Pinocchio is not transformed (or at least his fate is left ambiguous) into a real boy is a major change that tried to make the point of being happy with who you are. This change was one of the biggest and caused a lot of controversy among fans. They were also shocked by Pinocchio’s lack of nose growth in the film, as it only happens in one scene and is actually a plus for him, he never has a reason not to keep lying .
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