The live-action version of the timeless Disney animated classic“Pinocchio” has arrived on Disney+ for Disney+ day. With a reported budget of $150.00 million and Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis attached, this has been a highly anticipated project. As anyone who has seen the animated version or any of the numerous interpretations of the original story know Geppetto (Tom Hanks) carves a wooden puppet which he names Pinocchio which in turn comes to life after being visited by the Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo). The Blue fairy also tasks Jiminy Cricket (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) with being a conscience for Pinocchio is sent off to school by the Geppetto. Naturally, things do not go as planned, and seeing money in a puppet without strings, the naive Pinocchio is exploited but does make a new friend along the way. His adventures eventually take him to Pleasure Island which is an amusement area for wayward individuals which is a series of dazzling CGI enhanced effects which will capture the attention of younger viewers. The film takes a tonal change at this point as it did become a bit less charming and more CGI-focused as Pinocchio gets into one situation after another and over-the-top encounter with Monstro might be a bit intense for children and a bit overdone for fans of the classic. Director Robert Zemeckis attempts to find a balance between charm, nostalgia, and updating the classic, and he mostly succeeds in this especially early in the film although some long-time fans may not appreciate the abundance of visual FX in the end or some of the new characters and changes. In the end, the film hits the target the core audience and should prove to be another hit for the studio. 4 stars out of 5.