Pinocchio is a 2022 American musical fantasy comedy movie directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the movie is a remake of Walt Disney’s 1940 animated movie of the same name, based on the 1883 Italian book Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Giuseppe Battiston, and Luke Evans with Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Keegan-Michael Key in voice roles.
Development on the live-action movie adaptation of Pinocchio officially began in April 2015. Zemeckis was confirmed as director in January 2020; Sam Mendes and Paul King were originally considered to direct the movie. In November 2018, it was reported that Hanks was in early talks to play Geppetto in the movie; passed on the project following King’s departure, but rejoined in August 2020. Principal casting was announced for January and March 2021. Principal photography began in March 2021 before wrapping the following month.
Pinocchio was released on September 8, 2022, on the Disney+ streaming service. The movie received generally negative reviews from critics who criticized its writing and lack of charm from the original movie, with many also deeming the remake unnecessary, although the visuals and performances of the actors earned some praise.
Late one night in a small Italian village at the end of the 19th century, Jiminy Cricket enters the home of the widowed elderly carver Geppetto, who lives with his pet kitten Figaro and goldfish Cleo. Geppetto completed work on a puppet after his late son, whom he named Pinocchio. Before retiring to bed, Geppetto makes a wish on a star.
Later that night, the star magically revives Pinocchio, and he is soon visited by the Blue Fairy, who tells him that if he acts bravely, truthfully, and selflessly, he can become a real boy. The Blue Fairy also entrusts Jiminy with the responsibility of being Pinocchio’s conscience to teach him right from wrong. When Geppetto wakes up to find Pinocchio alive, he is at first shocked but cheered up.
After a few days, Geppetto decides it is time to send Pinocchio to school. However, Pinocchio is soon approached by the trickster fox “Honest” John and his feline sidekick Gideon. Honest John convinces Pinocchio that he should live a life of fame to become a real boy when he actually plans to sell him to the puppeteer Stromboli in exchange for money.
When Jiminy, with the help of a seagull named Sofia, convinces him to keep going to school, Pinocchio is fired by the principal for being a puppet. Pinocchio decides to go to Stromboli after all, and Jiminy can’t stop him when Honest John puts a glass jar on him. At the Stromboli Theater, Pinocchio befriends one of Stromboli’s employees Fabiana and her puppet Sabina.
Pinocchio puts on a good show for the crowd, but Stromboli locks him in a birdcage to prevent him from leaving. Soon, Stromboli’s trainer frees Jiminy from the jar, and as he enters the carriage, he manages to help Pinocchio escape when Pinocchio tricks him into reaching the keys to the lock on the cage by lying to make his nose grow longer. Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo go looking for Pinocchio when he fails to come home for dinner.
Pinocchio is soon ambushed by a coach full of children driven by the charismatic Coachman, who takes the boys and girls to Pleasure Island, an island where bad behavior is encouraged. Arriving on the island, Pinocchio is slowly disturbed by the amount of sadism the children commit, much to the amusement of an irresponsible boy named Lampwick.
When Jiminy, once again separated from Pinocchio, reaches the island, he soon discovers that the boys and girls there are turned into donkeys and sold to the salt mines by the Coachman, with the help of his foggy henchmen. Pinocchio witnesses Lampwick transformed into a pool hall and he and Jiminy escape the island before the Coachman and his goons can get them, but not before Pinocchio gets the donkey’s ears and tail.
Pinocchio and Jiminy get back to Geppetto, only to find that he is not home because Sofia gave him the Pleasure Island flyer so he knows where Pinocchio is, and that he sold all his watches to buy a boat to go there. While trying to find Geppetto, Pinocchio is reunited with Fabiana and Sabina, who informs him that Stromboli has been arrested by the Carabinieri for abusing his exploited employees and they have taken over his puppet show.
They offer Pinocchio to join them, but Pinocchio refuses, wanting to save his father, causing his donkey parts to disappear. Sofia pulls the rope to keep Pinocchio out at sea, where they soon find Geppetto in his boat. When they reunite, they are swallowed by a giant sea monster named Monstro.
They take refuge in a giant boat in the Monster’s stomach, and Pinocchio gets the idea to make him sneeze by lighting it on fire. The plan succeeds and Monstro sneezes at them but goes on a chase that ends with him and the group crashing on dry land, seemingly killing Geppetto.
Believing his father to have died, Pinocchio cries over him and a magical tear falls from his eye for Geppetto to revive him. Geppetto then tells Pinocchio that even though he’s a puppet, he’s proven that he’s a real boy at heart for all he’s done, and they go home.
Meanwhile, Jiminy Cricket says in his narration that there were stories told about Pinocchio becoming a real boy, but Jiminy didn’t confirm if they were true or not, although it was shown otherwise, the important thing is that Pinocchio has a heart a real boy – brave, truthful and selfless – and that he is completely real to his loving, proud father Geppetto.
Pinocchio Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
I know what you must be thinking. That headline is obviously clickbait. Because just like in the original animated movie, in this live adaptation Pinocchio becomes a real boy. There’s no way Zemeckis could screw this up. Does it have? The unfortunate answer to that is yes, Zemeckis screwed up too. Pinocchio does not become a real boy of flesh and blood. His transformation is more of a metaphorical nature. Here’s how it goes. In the animated movie, Geppetto and Pinocchio are eaten by Monstro.
The lights a fire there, causing Monstro to sneeze from the boat containing Geppetto, Pinocchio, Cleo, Figaro, and Jiminy. When the giant tries to swallow them again, Pinocchio uses his legs to transform the broken boat into a speedboat. and runs into a cave that isn’t big enough for Monstro to enter. However, in the process, Geppetto falls unconscious.
Fearing that he is dead, Pinocchio embraces the unconscious Geppetto and begins to cry. A single tear drops from Pinocchio’s eye and lands on Geppetto’s face with a magical sparkle. This brings him back to life and he continues to explain the metaphor. He says that no real boy can ever swim as fast as Pinocchio to save his loved ones. He says that Pinocchio is truthful, selfless, and brave because he tried honestly with his heart. what did he try I’m not sure?
Perhaps Geppetto is referring to his efforts to save everyone or to do whatever the Blue Fairy told him to accomplish. Anyway, Geppetto says that Pinocchio will always be his real boy and he won’t change a single thing about him because he is proud of him and loves him. Pinocchio reciprocates this feeling. They embrace it. And they continue to return home.
In the animated movie, we get a pretty elaborate scene with Pinocchio as a real boy. With Zemeckis, there’s barely any indication that he’s going to turn into him. Although you see his wooden skin and joints turning into flesh and bone, Jiminy refutes this phenomenon by saying that it may or may not be true. Because Zemeckis needs to realize that it doesn’t matter if Pinocchio underwent a literal metamorphosis, because he was, is, and will be a real boy on the inside.
Also, since we’re following inconsistencies in the adaptation, Jiminy doesn’t even get his gold “Official Conscience” badge like in the animated movie. But maybe that’s in keeping with Gordon-Levitt’s iteration of the character because he doesn’t do a very good job as Pinocchio’s conscience. And if that’s not a symbolic problem with Disney’s live-action and CGI adaptations of its animated classics, I don’t know what is.