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Of the many phrases and songs associated with Disney, “When You Wish Upon a Star” has the most powerful and enduring magic. So many memories were created and imaginations sparked by the lyrics “When you wish on a star / Your dreams come true” and the adventure that followed. This week, as part of Disney’s celebrations for Disney+ Day, a whole new generation can watch the real boy story come to life in a whole new light with the debut of Pinocchioexclusively on Disney+.
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Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the future, Castaway) brings his vision of Pinocchio to the Disney streaming service on Thursday, September 8. Although fans will certainly remember the 1940 animated classic (which you can also stream on Disney+), this new version blends the live-action talents of Tom Hanks and Cynthia Erivo with Zemeckis’ penchant for eye-catching CGI. Pinocchio is the latest live-action remake of a Disney classic, following The Lion King, Aladdin, The beauty and the Beast and The jungle Book. (Unlike previous live-action remakes, this one will skip theaters and release only on Disney+.)
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Here’s everything you need to know about Disney’s new cinematic adventure and how to watch it (and more) on its special streaming service.
What is Pinocchio on?
Based on the 1883 Italian children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, the new Pinocchio follows a whimsical look and feel similar to the 1940 Disney cartoon. For those unfamiliar, aging woodcarver Geppetto (Hanks) builds a friendly puppet named Pinocchio and wishes a shining star that his creation may become a real boy. That night, a wonderful Blue Fairy (Erivo) arrives and brings the cute puppet to life. With the help of the clever Jiminy Cricket (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Pinocchio embarks on his own adventures in an effort to become a real boy.
Zemeckis and Hanks are a beloved cast-director team, having won acclaim for their work on Forrest Gump and Castaway. Zemeckis has also mixed live-action and CGI on several occasions with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and Welcome Marwen. In fact, the last time Zemeckis and Hanks worked together was on the film adaptation of another family classic, The Polar Expressin 2004.
Where can you stream Pinocchio?
Disney+ is the only place you can watch the new Pinocchiothe original Pinocchio and so many other classic Disney movies. The streaming service is available via an internet connection if you live in Australia, Austria, Canada, Channel Islands, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Porto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or United States Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform can be accessed from desktop browsers, mobile devices, game consoles, and more. Viewers can use the IMAX Enhanced filter on the Movies page to see all the movies available in IMAX’s extended aspect ratio, and some Disney+ movies will have a tab labeled “Versions,” which will allow viewers to access IMAX Enhanced or Widescreen versions.
Even if you need a break from the movie magic of Disney, Disney+ has plenty more exciting things to watch. There are the latest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like this summer’s Thor: Love and Thunderand the latest stories from the Star Wars galaxy far, far away, like Andor. There are also classic episodes of The Simpsons, nature documentaries produced by National Geographic and even musical specials from Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish. And it’s all on top of acclaimed Disney Channel shows and Pixar movies!
How do I sign up for Disney+?
To stream these shows and movies, you can sign up for Disney+ now and pay a monthly subscription of $7.99. You can also get Disney+ for a year with an annual fee of $79.99. If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you can add Disney+ to your payment plan for $2.99 per month. Keep in mind that Disney+ subscription prices are expected to increase in December.
You can watch Disney+ content on Apple devices, Android smartphones, Roku streaming sticks, Google Chromecast, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, LG TVs, Samsung technology, Chrome OS, Mac OS or Windows PC.
After having watched Pinocchioyou can use Disney+ to see more animated classics from the studio like Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, toy story and more. You can also rewatch classic Disney Channel shows including Even Stevens, Kim possible, Lizzie McGuire and many others. After Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, Disney+ also offers various Fox hits like Avatar, Ice Age and even select entries in the X-Men series.
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