Thursday, July 28, 2022

Back to school : Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio animated musical fantasy !

Guillermo del Toro, 2022

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents the classic tale Pinocchio 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 showed off this long-awaited reimagining of the classic Pinocchio to audiences at the Annecy Animation Festival in France.

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio - (L-R) Gepetto (voiced by David Bradley) and Pinocchio (voiced by Gregory Mann)
credits: Courtesy of Netflix 

A passion project for Guillermo Del Toro that he has been developing for almost a decade to the point that he once cancelled it because no studio wanna fund the Pinocchio movie he wanted but thank goodness Netflix picked it up. This looks amazing!

Guillermo del Toro reimagining the classic 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, which follows a wooden marionette created by grieving woodcarver Geppetto


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.

Guillermo del Toro
credits: Netflix

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 WolfhardCate BlanchettJohn TurturroRon PerlmanTim Blake NelsonBurn GormanChristoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.

Guillermo del Toro
credits: Netflix

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.

Guillermo del Toro
credits: Netflix


Animated movies are excellent educational digital resources to motivate and inspire your students and breathe new life into your curriculum!

Teachers can envision so many ways to use animation movies to teach...

  • Literacy, grammar, morals, music, civics, sciences, drawing, reinforcing the skills:
  • Reading, writing, drawing, composing, reinforcing or introducing the skill of inference.

CurriculaMother Language; Foreign Languages; Arts; Music, other.

Target: Kindergarten; Primary education; Secondary education; Vocational education (Multimedia & Animation).

Teachers will decide carefully the animated film for which students or level they are teaching. 

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
image via Plethora Network

I know well Guillermo del Toro, a famed and visionary director and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker. The trailer showcases del Toro’s eye for scene design coupled with his attention to detail that makes stop-motion filmmaking so palpably engaging and visually appealing, someone wrote.

So, believe me I can't wait to go to some cinema near by or even watching streaming on Netflix this incredible stop-motion movie, a masterpiece based on Collodi's classical tale. The trailer promises so much!

Hoping you will not miss to include the Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio into your lessons next back-to-school, Carlo Collodi's book and the trailer of del Toro animation as a motivation, before November (in selected theatres) or December (on Netflix) to explore the pedagogical richness of this awesome digital resource. 

In November or December, teachers can include del Toro's Pinocchio into their lessons going to the theaters with their students or watching Netflix streaming in the classroom. Depending of the hour Netflix will stream Pinocchio, teachers will invite students to do it before or after school time. Then, they will develop the activities prepared.


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