Odd as it sounds, it took me a minute to understand this image from Lyle Cruse. I had questions. Like…why Woody and Pinnochio? What do they have in common? Is it the whole wood thing? I thought Woody’s head was made of vinyl? Also, shouldn’t Pinnochio be the bigger one?
Then it clicked: There’s a live action Pinnochio movie coming to Disney+ this week, and Gepetto is played by Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is, of course, the voice of Woody. Thus, Woody holding Pinocchio. With the Tom Hanks factor, it all falls into place.
The Tom Hanks factor. Sounds like an element you use to create movie magic!
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Like a lot of people, I was on a big Fred Rogers kick last year in the wake of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I did a full-on deep dive, watching other documentaries, old interviews, I read three books on the man. I even got a Mister Rogers t-shirt for Christmas.
So as you can imagine, I was quite invested in the trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which dropped today.
For me personally, it took a minute to project Fred Rogers on to Tom Hanks. I think it’s Hanks’ voice. Rogers had such a distinct pitch to his voice that it’s a big adjustment to hear someone else saying “his” words. But by the end of the vid, I’d warmed up to it. Tom Hanks is obviously a great casting choice.
Take a look for yourself…
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood hits theaters November 22.