It looks like 2022 has somehow become the year of Pinocchio. Disney Studios has released a remake of its animated classic, and director Guillermo del Toro is also releasing his version of the fable this year. Del Toro’s adaptation takes on more cues from the original story, exponentially darker than what we think of when we think of Pinocchio.
During Netflix’s virtual Tudum event, del Toro gave fans a quick tour of Pinocchio’s setting and stage, even showing off the various scales of puppets used when making a scene. He even included a giant Pinocchio head used for close-ups. You can watch the clip below.
Del Toro announced Pinocchio in 2008 and was originally scheduled for release in 2013, but the project fell into development stagnation after several years. In January 2017, animator Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall) was announced to co-write the script, but production was soon suspended because no studios were willing to provide financing. The production was revived the following year after being acquired by Netflix.
Based on a design by children’s book author Gris Grimly from the 2002 edition of his iconic 1883 Italian novel, Pinocchio also marks the directorial debut of the cartoon del Toro. The film stars the voices of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio hits theaters in November, followed by Netflix in December.
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