We are all familiar with the Disney version, but visionary filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, appears to be giving the well-known tale a dramatic twist. After Disney’s live-action Pinocchio movie featuring Tom Hanks debuts later this year, Netflix has published a trailer for the stop-motion animated movie.
The Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson-directed Netflix adaptation tells the tale of a naughty marionette vision brought to life by a bereaved woodcarver using actual puppets. Ewan McGregor as Cricket narrates the moody trailer while weaving a tale about love, sorrow, “imperfect dads” and “imperfect sons,” as well as “ancient spirits who rarely involve themselves in the human world.”
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio: Official Trailer
A brief teaser at the start of the year gave us our first look at the stop-motion movie. Ewan McGregor plays Cricket, David Bradley plays Geppetto, and Gregory Mann plays the title character. Pinocchio is being co-directed by Mark Gustafson and Del Toro, who is best known for movies like The Shape of Water, Crimson Peak, and Pan’s Labyrinth. Del Toro has previously referred to the picture as a passion project.
The trailer, which comes after the initial teaser video from January, shows scenes of Geppetto (David Bradley), a lone woodcutter, creating Pinocchio (Gregory Mann), and the puppet boy’s travels alongside Geppetto.
Del Toro brings his protective adoration of feature creatures to the timeless fable in this, his first feature-length animated project. The story is relocated to the 1930s in the movie when Benito Mussolini is establishing authority over the government and fascism is developing in the nation.
McGregor serves as the movie’s narrator, and the voices of Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, and Finn Wolfhard. Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Cate Blanchett, and John Turturro are also heard in the narration. The movie is co-directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, while the screenplay was co-written with Patrick McHale. The film, which will debut this fall, is the Oscar-winning director’s first Netflix original feature, but it comes after a number of TV projects he developed for the service, including the animated series “Troll hunters,” “3Below,” and “Wizards,” as well as the live-action horror anthology series “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.”
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Del Toro’s is one of three movies this year that includes the most recognizable puppet in the world. In March, Lionsgate Entertainment released Pinocchio: A True Story, a CGI animated film starring Pauly Shore. A live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1940 animated film “Pinocchio,” directed by Robert Zemeckis, is also in the works and will debut on Disney+ on September 8.
Before airing on Netflix for the first time in December, “Pinocchio” will have a theatrical run in theatres in November.
What Is ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ About?
The official plot summary is as follows: “Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro retells the traditional story of the wooden marionette who is miraculously brought to life in order to console the bereaved Geppetto the woodcarver. Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s charming stop-motion movie, “Pinocchio,” chronicles the mischievous and disobedient experiences of Pinocchio as he searches for his place in the world.”