Where was the Disney+ film Pinocchio (2022) filmed?

By Marc Miller
Published: September 8, 2022 (Last updated: last month)

This article discusses “Where was the Disney film Pinocchio (2022) filmed” and does not contain spoilers.

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My apologies to Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and at one point, Meg Ryan, but Tom Hanks has been America’s sweetheart for decades. In this day of cancel culture, everyone loves him, and no one can say anything bad about that man. His films, for decades, had become event films. While he may not guarantee box office success anymore, his latest partnership with Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis remaking a Disney classic may be the type of family film event we sorely need right now.

The latest Disney (semi) live-action recreation is a magical one featuring Hanks in a supporting role. He plays Geppetto, the renowned woodworking craftsman. The older man makes clocks so celebrated that he refuses to sell them to anyone. He dreams of having a family and asks the wishing star to make the pine-carved Pinocchio into a real live boy. And wouldn’t you know it, the next morning, when he wakes up, Pinocchio is alive, curious as can be, still made of wood, but he loves him just the same.

Written by Zemeckis and Chris Weitz (About a Boy), the screenplay is an adaptation of the 1940 classic film and the original source material, Carlos Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Where was the Disney+ film Pinocchio (2022) filmed? – a breakdown of locations

It has been noted that the film’s production will be in England and Italy. However, the production happened in Bedford and Cardington Studios in Bedford, UK. The production studio is known for its two large green hangers (click these words to see them)

Cardington Studios is in Bedford, UK

The studio has hosted such famous film productions as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Allied, Dumbo, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The market town of Bedford is in Bedfordshire, England. The population is over 100,000 residents. The town is said to be the burial site of King Offa of Mercia. And considering Pinocchio’s heritage is the largest population of Italian descent in the United Kingdom.

Moving Picture Company, located in London, UK.

The legendary animation and visual effects studio has been in operation since 1917. The studio is responsible for the visual effects of acclaimed films such as 1917, Life of Pi, and The Jungle Book, each garnering the company Academy Awards. The company has worked with such filmmakers such as Jon Favreau, Zack Snyder, Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, and Kenneth Branagh. The Moving Picture Company was responsible for most of the special effects in Pinocchio.

DNEG is in London, UK

DNEG is also located in London and was formed in 1998. The company also contributed to the visual effects and animation. Despite its relatively young history, the company has an award-winning resume. DNEG has won Oscars for their work with such films as Inception, Interstellar, Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049, First Man, Tenet, and Dune.

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