Guillermo del Toro’s PINOCCHIO Shares Teaser and Release Date

Guillermo del Toro knows how to tell a fantastical story. The beloved director brought magical realism to life in films like Pan’s LabyrinthCrimson Peak, and The Shape of Water, the latter of which earned him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. It seems his mind is geared towards dark fairy tales, which makes him the perfect man to tackle Pinocchio. And he’s about to do just that.

Here’s everything we know (so far) about Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.

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Simply enough, Netflix’s rendition of the story is titled Pinocchio.

Pinocchio‘s Plot

Pinocchio has been filming since 2019 at ShadowMachine’s Portland, Oregon-based studio according to The Hollywood Reporter, and is a product of del Toro’s deal with Netflix. The film will be a stop-motion musical, and the story of the puppet coming to life will more closely follow Carlo Collodi’s original tale, The Adventures of Pinocchio, than films past. Here’s the full description from Netflix:

Drawing on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, this stop motion musical follows the extraordinary journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish. Set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s Pinocchio is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.

Recently, Netflix released the first teaser for Pinocchio:

Alongside the teaser, the platform shared a new synopsis:

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This whimsical, stop-motion musical directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.

Pinocchio, it turns out, is also a lifelong dream of del Toro’s. He shares more about working on this “dream project” with Netflix:

After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix. We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on, barely missing a beat. We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way.

The director also told Collider more about the process of creating the movie:

It’s a very very very personal movie for me. The flip-side for me [has] always been Pinocchio and Frankenstein, are the same story. Because essentially, that’s the same story. The idea of a Pinocchio that talks about things that I consider very deep but it’s fun and it’s a musical at the same time, I find it really incredibly moving. Obviously, in animation, you get to see the movie in storyboards beginning to end many many times, and then you add the stop-motion. Right now, we are 50% animated and 50% in storyboards. Every time I watch the movie I just sob like a baby. It’s as personal as it gets, as moving as it gets. It’s unlike any version of the story you’ve ever seen. It’s completely unlike it. It subverts the moral underpinnings of the original fable, which is, in order to be a real boy you have to change. You’re going to become flesh and blood. This is about becoming a real boy by acting…acting like a real human, period.
Behind the Scenes

Del Toro will share his director’s credit with Mark Gustafson, a filmmaker known for his work on stop-motion projects like A Claymation Christmas Special, Meet the Raisins!, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. Patrick McHale, known for his work on Adventure Time and Over the Garden Wall, co-wrote the script with del Toro. / Netflix
Pinocchio‘s cast

The cast for Pinocchio is truly wonderful. Newcomer Gregory Mann stars as Pinocchio, with Ewan McGregor in the Jiminy Cricket role (billed only as Cricket for this project) and David Bradley as Geppetto. Tilda Swinton will play the Turquoise Fairy. Cate Blanchett, Finn Wolfhard, Christoph Waltz, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, and Burn Gorman will also star.

Pinocchio’s Release Date

In his interview with Collider, del Toro also revealed, “The movie will come out last quarter of 2022.” We now have confirmation this means December 2022. Very exciting news. We look forward to hearing more developments about the film soon.

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