By Shannon Lawlor
Your favorite puppet is coming to life… again. Not just in the original story but on the big screen. The Pinocchio live-action film, which was released for streaming on Disney+ on September 8, is being brought to 17 military bases for free showings. So, if you’re looking for a fun night out, this might just be the perfect way to spend your weekend.

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‘Pinocchio’ Live Action Movie: Surprisingly Divisive

The beloved marionette from the original 1940 film, Pinocchio, got another chance to shine on the big screen. The live-action Pinocchio remake has been in development since 2015, with the cast finally being announced in early 2021. Here’s the Pinocchio 2022 cast:
  • Tom Hanks plays the beloved puppeteer Geppetto.
  • Pinocchio is voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth.
  • Jiminy Cricket is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Cynthia Erivo stars as the Blue Fairy.
The movie follows the story of a puppet brought to life. In order to become a real boy, he has to lead a virtuous life, which is why Pinocchio’s nose grows each time he lies. Well, he’s officially made his feature on Disney once again. On September 8, 2022, the movie went live for streaming on Disney Plus. And, like many remakes, it’s had some interesting reviews. Remakes are difficult to begin with. When you take a beloved character or story, it’s hard to recreate it in a way that makes everyone happy. The new Pinocchio movie has gotten some scathing reviews from critics, which is to be expected. But where there are negative critiques of the movie, there are also plenty of positive reviews. Movies that are remade are almost always divisive. But that shouldn’t stop you from viewing them, especially when you’re given the opportunity to see the film for free.

Free Showings at Military Bases

The Disney live-action Pinocchio is being shown for free on 17 military bases on September 10. The opportunity to see the movie on the big screen is because of a partnership between Disney Plus and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The bases in the U.S. that host the screenings are as follows:
  • Fort Huachuca (Arizona)
  • Fort Irwin (California)
  • Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri)
  • Fort Rucker (Alabama)
  • Lackland Air Force Base (Texas)
The screenings will also take place on bases overseas. The bases that’ll host the screenings overseas are listed below:
  • Al Udeid Air Base (Qatar)
  • Camp Arifjan (Kuwait)
  • Camp Courtney (Japan)
  • Camp Foster (Japan)
  • Grafenwoehr (Germany)
  • Camp Humphreys (Korea)
  • Kadena Air Base (Japan)
  • Osan Air Base (Korea)
  • Ramstein Air Base (Germany)
  • Spangdahlem Air Base (Germany)
  • Vicenza (Italy)
  • Wiesbaden (Germany)

Disney Plus for Military

There’s also a Disney Plus military discount. The streaming service offers a 25% discount for military members and honorably discharged Veterans. This takes a lot of money off of the regular subscription price, which is $79.99 for a 12-month subscription. This offer is also extended to authorized exchange shoppers. If you’re interested in subscribing to Disney Plus, you’ll have access to new movies that are being released on the platform soon. Some of the Disney Plus new movies are listed below:
  • Disenchanted
  • Hocus Pocus 2
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Rise
There are also new kids movies on Disney Plus that you’ll be able to enjoy with your children. The affordable discount makes it worthwhile to subscribe if you haven’t already. The Pinocchio live action remake is sure to entertain, whether you believe it holds up to the original or not. The free screening on military bases allows for a fun weekend plan to help you unwind. Be sure not to miss the showings and to check out new movies on Disney Plus 2022!

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