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New ending, more big changes in 2022 movie


Spoiler alert! We’re discussing important plot details and the ending of Disney+’s new “Pinocchio” remake. 

The world’s most famous wooden boy is getting a computer-generated makeover. 

Disney is dipping back into its well of animated classics for “Pinocchio” (streaming now on Disney+), a live-action remake of the studio’s 1940 movie. The film, which has just 30% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, follows a puppet named Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who comes to life thanks to the Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo). And with the help of his “conscience,” a cricket called Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), he learns how to be brave, truthful and unselfish. 

Robert Zemeckis directs, reuniting with his “Forrest Gump” star Tom Hanks, who plays Pinocchio’s woodworker father Geppetto. Here are the biggest changes between the original and new films: 

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No, you don’t have to worry about Jiminy Cricket doing TikTok dances. But Zemeckis and co-writer Chris Weitz do attempt to modernize “Pinocchio” with some social media-friendly references. Before duplicitous fox Honest John (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key) sells Pinocchio to traveling puppeteer Stromboli (Giuseppe Battiston), he promises the wooden boy riches and stardom, telling him to abandon school and become “an influencer.” He later suggests stage names for Pinocchio, one of which is Chris Pine (of “Don’t Worry Darling” fame).

There are some updates that are less groan-worthy, such as Geppetto’s myriad cuckoo clocks that adorn the walls of his workshop. Many of them depict scenes from beloved Disney movies such as “The Lion King” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There’s also a “Toy Story”-themed clock of Sheriff Woody: a sweet nod to Hanks, who voiced the cowboy character for four films. 

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A ‘Sopranos’ star plays Pinocchio’s new seagull pal Sofia

The movie adds a handful of new characters to the story, including a street-smart seagull named Sofia, voiced by Lorraine Bracco (aka Dr. Melfi on HBO’s “The Sopranos”), who helps Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. The most prominent fresh face is a young girl named Fabiana (Kyanne Lamaya), who dreams of dancing despite wearing a metal foot brace. Pinocchio meets Fabiana and her ballerina marionette, Sabina (voiced by Jaquita Ta’le), when he joins Stromboli’s puppet show, and the fast friends eventually reunite after escaping his evil clutches. 

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Hanks’ Geppetto gets new songs 

Three of the original movie’s standout songs are thankfully intact: “When You Wish Upon a Star” (belted beautifully by…



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