DVD Review: PINOCCHIO (2018)

PINOCCHIO is a modern-day retelling of the timeless fable of a boy puppet and the lessons he learns from his misadventures. The film features the voice talents of YouTube sensation and musical artist Johnny Orlando, Ambyr Childers and Jon Heder.

Reimagined for a new generation and bursting with songs, color, laughter, and thrills, this witty, wondrous version of the classic family adventure includes new chapters you’ve never imagined. Carved by a lonely woodcutter longing for a real son, playful Pinocchio is eager to do good and become human — but he keeps getting distracted from his quest. Constantly captured by con men, creatures, and constables, he finds rescue courtesy of the helpful souls who recognize the wooden puppet’s kind heart.

This updated version of Pinocchio still follows the mischievous boy made of wood who dreams of becoming a real boy just like the other children. Not only is he mischievous, he’s also naive, gullible, and extremely annoying. What happens is, he runs away from home and sets out on a crazy adventure where he encounters all kinds of new characters (some good and some bad) and this is where he ends up learning a valuable lesson about love, friendship and loyalty. He ultimately gets a second chance with the man who created him, Gepetto, and in the end Pinocchio finally gets his wish and becomes a real human boy.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this updated version of Pinocchio reimagines the classic tale with a few updated tweaks for a whole new generation of kiddos to experience. As much as I love Disney’s classic tale, this one just didn’t cut it for me and I even found it a little strange at times – a lot! The animation was okay and the voice cast did a good job with their characters but unfortunately this one just wasn’t for me. With that being said, I still think there’s going to be an audience for it because there’s nothing offensive in it at all and the kiddos are always looking for something new to watch. This all-new animated adventure has been awarded the Dove Seal of Approval and will be available on DVD on April 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: PG

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features:

  • “Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio with Johnny Orlando, Jon Heder and Ambyr Childers” Featurette (10:02)
  • Pinocchio Trailer (02:08)



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