Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, or simply Pinocchio, is an upcoming stop-motion animated musical fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, based on Gris Grimly's design from his 2002 edition of the 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It marks the animated feature film directorial debut of del Toro.
However there will be some different details. While the original story by Collodi did have talking animals, Del Toro said how he wanted to make the film more grounded, in that only Pinocchio and the talking cricket are the magical elements of the story. Characters like the fox, the cat, and even the location Pleasure Island won’t be in the film, but it does trade that out for some more relative themes on what it means to be human and being not lying to oneself, intriguing since one of Pinocchio’s most notable traits is that his nose grows when he lies.
The film was written by del Toro and Patrick McHale and stars the voices of Ewan McGregor - Obi-Wan Kenobi - David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.
Produced by Netflix Animation, The Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine in co-production with Pathé, El Taller del Chucho and Necropia Entertainment, Pinocchio was announced by Del Toro in 2008 and originally scheduled to be released in 2013 or 2014, but the project went into development hell.
In January 2017, McHale was announced to co-write the script, but in November 2017, the production was suspended as no studios were willing to provide financing. The production was revived the following year after being acquired by Netflix.
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio is scheduled to be released in select cinemas in November 2022, followed by it’s streaming release on Netflix in December 2022.
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