Netflix Unveils First Look at Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
On Monday, Netflix released the first look at Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio, del Toro’s first animated film. The video features Sebastian J. Cricket (Ewan McGregor), the cricket who lived in Pinocchio’s wooden heart, introducing the magical tale. Del Toro teams up with the Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine on this stop-motion animated adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s novel about a puppet boy who becomes real. In addition to McGregor as Cricket, the voice cast also includes David Bradley as Geppetto, Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson and Burn Gorman, with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.
“No art form has influenced my life and work more than animation and no character in history has had such a deep personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro said when Netflix announced the film in 2018. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an indifferent father who gets lost in a world he cannot understand. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and of the real world. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to make this film. After the incredible experience we had on troll hunters, I’m grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to bring my version of this weird puppet-turned-real-boy to audiences around the world.
Discover the interior of the workshop with PINOCCHIO by GUILLERMO DEL TORO. This stop-motion musical reimagining of the classic tale is coming to Netflix in December. #PinocchioNetflix pic.twitter.com/aNR13cXyuM
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At the time, Melissa Cobb, VP of Children and Family at Netflix, added: “Throughout his illustrious career, Guillermo has shown mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with characters. unforgettable and magnificent, monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic creature in The shape of water. We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and know that his deeply touching vision to bring Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences around the world.
Pinnochio expands on del Toro’s existing working relationship with Netflix. He previously co-created the Emmy-winning animated television series troll hunters, the first installment of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy. Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities horror anthology debuts on Netflix later this year.
What do you think of this first look at Guillermo del Toro Pinnochio? Let us know in the comments. Pinnochio debuts on Netflix in the fall.