An influx of live-action remakes have taken over Disney+, and it's easy to see why. Box office successes like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King have raked in at least $1 billion worldwide. Not to mention the highly anticipated remake of The Little Mermaid, which fans are already predicting will be a major hit. So, it comes as no surprise that Disney has added Pinocchio to their roster.
Compared to other Disney classics, the original 1940 film isn't often talked about—but it’s still iconic in its own right. Pinocchio, which follows the misadventures of a wooden puppet on a quest to become a real boy, is the second animation ever produced by Disney. And while it features some dark, uncomfortable moments (if you’ve seen any of the Pleasure Island sequence, you know what we’re talking about), the Oscar-winning title is whimsical and full of heart. It teaches valuable lessons about honesty, loyalty and morality. And Robert Zemeckis's live adaptation attempts to replicate this with his remake, but unfortunately, this star-studded modernized version misses the mark.