New Disney Trailers: Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Animated ‘Strange World’

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Walt Disney Co. has released teaser trailers for two upcoming films that may catch the fancy of steampunk fans. First up, on May 31, was a trailer for a new live-action adaptation of Pinocchio starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto. That was followed on June 6 by a teaser for Strange World, an animated feature that appears to draw its inspiration from old-time sci-fi movies and pulp magazines.

Pinocchio, slated for a Sept. 8 release on the streaming service Disney+, is directed by Robert Zemeckis, best known for the Back to the Future trilogy and the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. It will combine live action and animation, with a cast that also includes Cynthia Erivo, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, and Lorraine Bracco.

Ainsworth will voice the title character, a wooden puppet who seeks to become a real boy, and Gordon-Levitt will portray Jiminy Cricket.

Disney’s 1940 adaptation of the story is considered a classic of movie animation. Both films are based on The Adventures of Pinocchio, the 1883 children’s book by Carlo Collodi.

The new Disney film is one of two Pinocchio adaptations set to arrive on streaming services this year. Netflix is planning a December release for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, a stop-motion animated feature with a voice cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton.

Strange World, set to hit theaters on Nov. 23, “journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest—and by far— most crucial mission,” states a description from Disney.

The film is directed by Don Hall and Qui Nguyen, who worked together on Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Hall’s directing credits also include Disney’s Big Hero 6. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the voice of Searcher Clade, the “son of a steadfast explorer,” along with Alan Tudyk in an unspecified role.

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