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Review: Jiminy Cricket! A Live-action 'Pinocchio'

This image released by Disney shows Tom Hanks as Geppetto in Disney's live-action film "Pinocchio." (Disney via AP)
This image released by Disney shows Tom Hanks as Geppetto in Disney's live-action film "Pinocchio." (Disney via AP)

(AP) -- After a string of live-action remakes, from "Beauty and the Beast" to “The Lion King," the Walt Disney Co. has finally gotten around to “ Pinocchio.” Along the way, there have been some nice performances, enormous heaps of CGI and, lest anyone forget, one very blue Will Smith.

Whether any of these movies have done much to improve the originals is very much up for debate, and undertaking “Pinocchio” poses even more particular challenges. Most pressing: What you do with Pinocchio? Nice kid and all. A little wooden. But if we're being honest here, he's always been a bit of a dud.