The Academy Award-winning director is now set to debut Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio on Netflix on December 9. Del Torro’s stop-motion film is a re-envisioning of the classic kid’s tale of a wooden doll who dreamt of being a real boy.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio released a new trailer showcasing the world the director has made for the story. The tone is undoubtedly more mature but it still has that heart-warming message that we all know and love.
This isn't del Torro’s first foray into classic children’s stories. Pan's Labyrinth was universal acclaimed and subsequently won three Academy Awards. The movie was also a commercial success earning $84 million against a budget of just $19 million. However, del Torro's best work was arguably 2017's The Shape of Water. The movie received thirteen Academy Award nominations and won in four categories. The fantasy film won Best Picture and del Torro was awarded Best Director for his work in the movie.
Expectedly, the director is adding his own unique touch to the Pinocchio story written by Carlo Collodi. Del Torro is known for darker themes and art styles. It is safe to say that this is not the Pinocchio story that we grew up with or something similar to the Disney animated movie.
The new movie brings an ensemble cast of voice actors starting with Gregory Mann as Pinocchio and David Bradley as Geppetto. Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, and Tim Blake Nelson lend their voice talents to the film.
The animated musical is co-directed by Mark Gustafson with Alexandre Desplat providing the musical score. Del Torro co-wrote the movie with Patrick McHale.
The film will be set during the rise of Fascism in Italy during the regime of Benito Mussolini. According to Netflix, the movie "is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations."
We suggest bringing a box of tissue and a handkerchief with you when watching this movie as it will surely bring tears to anyone’s eyes.