The enchanting fairytale of the lovable wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy comes to life on DVD and digital platforms from May 25th, 2015, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you the story ! The elderly puppet maker Geppetto (Mario Adorf – A Christmoose Carol, The Secret of the Whales) wants nothing more than a son to call his own, and one beautiful, starry night, a fairy godmother fulfils his wish in the most unusual way imaginable. Using her powers, she transforms a marionette carved by Geppetto himself into life - the little wooden boy Pinocchio.
Mischievous and stubborn, Pinocchio ignores the protestations of Coco, his little cricket companion, and takes off determined to explore the world and embark on an adventure. However, he soon finds himself having to face up to the dangers of the real world, including cruel puppeteer Mangiafuoco and the deceitful tricksters Cat (Florian Lukas – The Grand Budapest Hotel, Goodbye Lenin) and Fox (Sandra Huller – Requiem, Strings), as well as realizing his own dishonesty and selfishness may be the only things standing between him and the chance to be a real boy.
Combining live action with CGI, this beautifully crafted adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s beloved book is teeming with memorable characters, remaining faithful to the original while injecting new life into the classic tale so sure to delight children and adults alike!
We received a review copy and I loved the chance to discover a different version to the usual Disney one that everyone knows. We usually take the Disney version to be the original, as it is the best known, but it existed in many other forms before that. In this version, it seemed strange at first for Pinocchio's sidekick to be called Coco rather than Jiminy Cricket, but that name was a pure Disney invention - he didn't even have a name in the original story ! The combination of real actors and CGI seems slightly strange and the film has quite an old-fashioned feel to it, but the kids loved it. It has a timeless quality which is fitting, as it's such a traditional fairy tale that generations of kids have loved.
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