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Why Hiding the Live-Action Pinocchio in Disney’s Trailer Is Terrifying

Eight decades after the original Pinocchio movie, Disney is once again returning to the wooden doll as part of its ongoing live-action remakes. And with the release of the trailer, the film seems to have the same wholesome charm as the original. However, the trailer lacks any clear shots of Pinocchio himself, and while that might be to build tension for the big reveal, his absence could be for a much more terrifying reason.

Reception of Disney’s many live-action remakes has varied. 2016 The jungle Book received praise for recapturing the magic of the original, while 2019 Dumbo fell flat for many. But while the stories generally stay the same, the visuals should be vastly different, and recreating animation in real life can yield mixed results. Sometimes the realism can help make things feel more personal and relevant, but other times it leaves the characters feeling flat with a lack of charm.

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So with the next Pinocchio remake, fans wonder how the cartoonish characters will translate to live-action. Well, Tom Hanks as Geppetto briefly interacted with the hand of a wooden puppet in the trailer. After that, an animated Jiminy Cricket appears and appears to be a mix of art styles. He’s not so realistic that he looks disturbing, but he’s also not cartoonish like Roger Rabbit.

However, the reluctance to show Pinocchio himself is a bit of a concern. Although it seems like Disney is relishing the reveal, everyone knows what Pinocchio looks like, which makes the decision to hide him odd. So the secret may have nothing to do with the suspense. Instead, it could be the ominous gaze of a live-action Pinocchio.

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One of the most infamous examples of a bad live-action adaptation is the original sonic the hedgehog trailer, which debuted with a horrifying “realistic” take on the character. The backlash was so overwhelming that Paramount went back to remodeling Sonic, which cost the studio millions. Sure, the change was worth it, but the backlash likely made other studios more cautious with their designs.

Disney may be worried about facing a Sonic-like backlash Pinocchio. If the translation of the wooden puppet doesn’t hit the mark, it could get spooky and disturbing, especially since possessed dolls are popular in the horror genre. And it doesn’t help that a live performance of Pinocchio has failed horribly in the past, with 1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio providing an ominous look for the wooden boy.

Disney will certainly unveil Pinocchio soon, and all fears will likely be put to rest. However, as it stands, the film certainly doesn’t need any additional backlash, as many people have already criticized the trailer for ruining the magic of the animated original. And with Disney’s most recent remakes facing mixed reviews, Pinocchio must steer the ship in the right direction.