The official trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio movie has arrived – and it looks like it’s going to be a family favorite throughout the festive season.
Released less than two months after the first Pinocchio teaser left us spellbound, the nearly three-minute trailer is packed with dangerous moments, heartfelt scenes and whimsical humor. Suffice to say we’ll be putting this one on our holiday “to watch” list.
Check out the trailer below:
Co-written and co-directed by Oscar-winner del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Hellboy), the Netflix adaptation of the classic fairy tale is an entirely stop-motion affair. There are no live-action or CGI components here, but this gives del Toro’s take on Carlo Collodi’s legendary tale more than a fresh coat of paint. Without wanting to sound hyperbolic, it looks absolutely gorgeous, so stop-motion animation fans are sure to love this new Netflix movie.
Del Toro’s Pinocchio also comes out rocking from a voice cast perspective. Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Jon Turturro (The Batman), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen) all lend their vocal talents to the Netflix movie. Gregory Mann, in his first major film role, voices the titular wooden boy.
Mark Gustafson (Claymation Easter) directs alongside del Toro, with additional script provided by Patrick McHale (Tome of the Unknown) and Matthew Robbins (Crimson Peak).
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has already garnered rave reviews from critics on the 2022 film festival circuit, so expect it to be more than a scream at the biggest awards ceremonies in 2023. Netflix’s Pinocchio hits select theaters November 11 before making its Netflix debut on December 9.
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Netflix’s Pinocchio isn’t the only adaptation of Collodi’s work to be released this year – nor is it the only one to land on one of the best streaming services in the world.
In early 2022, a live-action remake of Pinocchio was released on Disney Plus, starring actors such as Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While Disney’s remake largely stuck to the storyline that made the original animated movie such a captivating watch, it didn’t resonate with critics and audiences alike. In our review of Pinocchio, we said it was a “somewhat magical remake whose strings hold it together”. Based on the general consensus, this seems to be what a lot of people think of it as well.
On the other hand, del Toro’s Pinocchio already sounds like a winner. Stop-motion animation is a task in itself, so any film of this type will always win applause from viewers. If nothing else, the public appreciates the level of commitment and work involved in such projects.
Netflix’s version of Pinocchio, however, has a lot more to offer. His voice cast is stupendous. In del Toro, it has a renowned and multi-award-winning director behind it, who knows how to make great films. Plus, it feels like a genuinely inspiring, emotional, and beautiful film – one the whole family can enjoy while they digest their Christmas or other holiday staple.
In the battle of adaptations, then, it is del Toro’s Pinocchio who seems ready to become a real boy. Sorry Disney, but your latest version of Pinocchio looks harsh in comparison.
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