Guillermo del Toro will make his animated feature directorial debut with Pinocchio, a stop motion film for Netflix. Pinocchio was initially announced in 2008, however, it was shelved due to the project encountering numerous issues. Netflix saved Pinocchio when the streamer acquired the rights to the film, and now we’re only a few months away from its debut!
The Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine, in co-production with Necropia Entertainment, are Pinocchio‘s producers. The film is directed by Del Toro and Mark Gustafson. The screenplay was written by del Toro, Gris Grimly, Patrick McHale and Matthew Robbins.
Pinocchio is based on Grimly’s design from his 2002 edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi from 1883.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio release date
Netflix is releasing their stop-motion Pinocchio film from Guillermo del Toro in December! Pinocchio will begin streaming on Dec. 9. The film will also be released in theaters, but the theatrical date has not been announced yet.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio teaser
On July 27, Netflix released a new full-length teaser for the movie, which you can watch below.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio cast
Newcomer Gregory Mann will portray Pinocchio.
- Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket
- David Bradley as Master Geppetto
- Ron Perlman as Mangiafuoco
- Tilda Swinton as the Fairy with Turquoise Hair
- Christoph Waltz as the Fox
- Cate Blanchett as Sprezzatura the Monkey
- Tim Blake Nelson as the Coachman
- Finn Wolfhard as Lampwick/Lucignolo
- John Turturro as Master Cherry
- Burn Gorman as the Carabiniere
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio synopsis
The film is a dark and slightly twisted retelling of Collodi’s fairytale about the wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy. Set in 1930s Fascist Italy, this story shows Pinocchio’s dream become a reality as he proceeds to cause mischief and play tricks to his father’s dismay. The overall theme of the movie is love and disobedience as Pinocchio tries to live up to his father’s expectations.
Here’s the official synopsis, courtesy of Netflix:
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 film 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.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio images
Check out some of these photos and key art from the film!
Are you excited for Guillermo Del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio? Watch for it on Netflix in December 2022.