It’s every bit as beautiful as we’d imagined – the Oscar-winning director’s reinvention of Carlo Collodi's classic tale of the wooden marionette magically brought to life by the grieving woodcarver Geppetto comes to the streamer this December.
Netflix has just shared the Official Teaser Trailer and key art from Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion fantasy, Pinocchio, set to hit the streamer this December. A film atop many “2022 must see” lists, Pinocchio is shaping up as one of this year’s most compelling animated films. At least from what we've seen and heard so far. The teaser doesn’t disappoint, showcasing del Toro’s eye for scene design coupled with his attention to detail that makes stop-motion filmmaking so palpably engaging and visually appealing.
The famed filmmaker 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 del Toro and Mark Gustafson follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.
Similar to del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, a dark fantasy fable set against the backdrop of Franco-fascist Spain, Pinocchio will take place in Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italy of the 1930s.
The film stars David Bradley as Geppetto and introduces Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Other cast members include Ewan McGregor; Finn Wolfhard; Cate Blanchett; John Turturro; Ron Perlman; Tim Blake Nelson; Burn Gorman; Christoph Waltz; and Tilda Swinton.
For this adaptation, del Toro shares directing duties with Mark Gustafson (The PJs). The film is being written by del Toro and Patrick McHale; the producers include del Toro, Lisa Henson (Jim Henson Company), Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico (ShadowMachine) and Gary Ungar. Jason Lust serves as executive producer.
Guy Davis serves as production designer, with Curt Enderle serving as co-production designer. Rob Desue is the film’s art director; Brian Hansen, the animation supervisor; Frank Passingham, the director of photography; Ken Schretzmann, the editor; and Georgina Hayns, the puppet supervisor.
Enjoy the trailer!
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.