The poster and cast have been revealed for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming stop-motion animated musical feature Pinocchio. Newcomer Gregory Mann will star as Pinocchio with Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley (Harry Potter franchise, Game of Thrones) as Geppetto. Other cast includes Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman (the only real Hellboy), Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen) and Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes).
Drawing on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, this stop motion musical follows the extraordinary journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish. Set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s Pinocchio is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his
The film is a lifelong passion project of del Toro, indeed he is at the heart of it. This adaptation will be directed by him alongside Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr Fox). He and Patrick McHale wrote the script. The song lyrics are by del Toro and Katz, with music by Academy Award® winner Alexandre Desplat who will also write the score. Not a bad level of involvement from the man whose imagination delivered Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, and we can’t wait to discover how his often dark themes are woven into Collodi’s classic.
“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix. We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on, barely missing a beat. We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way,” says del Toro.
Gris Grimly created the original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets are being built by Mackinnon and Saunders who were the creators for the excellent Corpse Bride.
Pinocchio is set to debut in theatres and on Netflix from December 9 2022.
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