Pinocchio on Disney Plus gets a spellbinding first trailer – watch it here

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for its live-action remake of beloved animated classic Pinocchio. Check it out above.

The new movie, which was first announced back in 2020, is heading to Disney Plus exclusively on September 8 (aka Disney Plus Day), and will star the likes of Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Beauty and the Beast alumnus Luke Evans.

Oscar-winning director (and frequent Hanks collaborator) Robert Zemeckis is helming the project, whose plot will remain faithful to Carlo Collodi’s famous children’s story about a wooden puppet who embarks on an adventure to become a real boy.

As the brief trailer reveals, both Pinocchio himself and sidekick-cum-conscience Jiminy Cricket will be rendered in CGI in Disney’s new movie, with their voices provided by newcomer Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Gordon-Levitt, respectively.

Interestingly (and perhaps thankfully), the design of the titular wooden puppet looks near-identical to that used in the studio’s 1940 classic – yellow hat, red feather and all – which further suggests viewers can expect a like-for-like retelling of this centuries-old story (an approach in keeping with Disney's treatment of The Lion King, Aladdin and The Jungle Book in recent years). 

Disney’s Pinocchio isn’t the only Pinocchio movie heading to screens in 2022, either. Pan's Labyrinth filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is also reinventing the classic tale in stop-motion form for Netflix, with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, attached to feature as voice actors in the more adult-oriented feature. 

Del Toro’s take on Pinocchio isn’t expected to arrive until December 2022, mind, so Disney’s own adaptation will hit Disney Plus two months prior.

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.