Watch: The voice of Pinocchio says the job was “a dream come true”
Pinocchio Star Benjamin Evan Ainsworth didn’t exactly want a star for his latest role, but he suspects he was the voice of the world’s most famous puppet.
Talk to Yahoo as the latest version of the much-loved classic Pinocchio Debuting on Disney +, the British actor revealed that he had already seen the 1940 animation well before the possibility of a part in the film presented itself.
“I’ve seen it once or twice before,” he recalled. “I saw it with my family.”
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And he agreed that perhaps the role he describes as “a dream come true” had to be. “When you want a star, right?” she jokes.
Studying the original film was all part of his quest to be the voice of the puppet who wanted to be a boy and he was determined that his version should pay homage to the former.
“I thought it was very important to keep it true to Dickie Jones’ voice – that voice IS Pinocchio – so I watched the film over and over and tried different tones and volumes. Then I took him somewhere I liked and put some of my energy into it. ”She also gave up her natural Yorkshire accent to sound more like Jones.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Disney’s live action remake Pinocchio is rooted in the 1880s story of Carlo Collodi, with the lonely carpenter Geppetto sculpting a boy-shaped puppet to replace his much-missed son.
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The Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo) weaves her magic onto the puppet so that she no longer needs her ropes to walk and can even talk. She desperately wants to be a real boy and, guided by her friend and conscience, Jiminy Cricket, she learns the ways of the world and finds that despite all her obstacles in her way, her heart is sincere and courageous.
This is Ainsworth’s second film for Disney: he starred alongside Ben Schwarz Oscar and Ulysses (2021) – and is currently also on the hit Netflix series The man of sand.
In Pinocchio, his live co-stars are Tom Hanks as Geppetto, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy and Jaquita Ta’le as the newcomer, Sabrina, a friendly puppeteer. The film’s voice cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, Keegan-Michael Key as “Honest” John and Lorraine Bracco as another new character, Sofia the Seagull.
Pinocchio is Disney’s latest live action remake of a classic animation, and more are on the way. Although a release date has not been confirmed, Peter Pan it should still debut this year. Starring Jude Law as Captain Hook, it is directed by David Lowery, who returns to Disney for the first time since his 2016 version of Peter’s dragon.
Due in March 2023 it is The little Mermaidwith studio regular Rob Marshall at the helm and a star-studded cast including Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay.
Pinocchio is now streaming exclusively on Disney +. Watch a clip below.