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(2022) (Tom Hanks, voice of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) (PG)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy: After being brought to life by a wish, a wooden puppet tries to become a real boy.
Geppetto (TOM HANKS) is a widowed Italian woodcarver and clockmaker who misses both his wife and their young son, both of whom have passed on. With just his pet cat and goldfish to keep him company, Geppetto carves a wooden marionette and calls it Pinocchio.
But when he wishes upon a star to have a real son, The Blue Fairy (CYNTHIA ERIVO) shows up in the middle of the night and animates the puppet (voice of BENJAMIN EVAN AINSWORTH). That is witnessed by Jiminy Cricket (voice of JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) who's then tasked with being Pinocchio's conscience and calls upon local seagull Sofia (voice of LORRAINE BRACCO) to help him keep dibs on the puppet.
But con-fox Honest John (voice of KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY) and his feline accomplice Gideon fool Geppetto into trusting them when, in reality, they sell him to cruel circus owner Stromboli (GIUSEPPE BATTISTON). One of his employees, Fabiana (KYANNE LAMAYA), befriends Pinocchio through her marionette, with him eventually escaping, only to fall into the company of a juvenile delinquent, Lampwick (LEWIN LLOYD).
He's accompanying other kids to Pleasure Island, unaware of what its operator, The Coachman (LUKE EVANS), has in store for them. As Geppetto frantically searches for his "son," Pinocchio must contend with the pitfalls related to his dream of becoming a real boy if he can prove he's true, brave, and unselfish.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the Pinocchio story, they might.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For peril/scary moments, rude material, and some language.
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