Netflix has revealed the official trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, a stop-motion musical adventure coming to the streaming service on December 9, 2022. The film is also playing in select theaters now.
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 wood carver named Geppetto.
This whimsical, stop-motion musical 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.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, the film features an all-star voice cast with Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio cast also includes Finn Wolfhard, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, with Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.
The writers are Del Toro and Patrick McHale and the producers include Del Toro, Lisa Henson, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico and Gary Ungar. Jason Lust is the executive producer.
The song lyrics are by del Toro and Katz, with music by Academy Award winner Alexandre Desplat who will also write the score.
Gris Grimly created the original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets are being built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).
Other credits include production supervisor Melanie Coombs, co-production designers Guy Davis and Curt Enderle, animation supervisor Brian Hansen, puppet supervisor Georgina Hayns, director of photography Frank Passingham, art director Rob DeSue, and animatic editor Ken Schretzmann.
Principal photography began in the fall of 2019 at ShadowMachine’s Portland, Oregon studio, and production has continued uninterrupted during the pandemic.
“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix,” said Del Toro. “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.
Del Toro added: “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.”
Del Toro has been an executive producer on some of the most beloved and successful animated films, including the DreamWorks Animation feature films Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 3, and The Rise of the Guardians.
His movies include Nightmare Alley, four-time Academy Award winner The Shape of Water, three-time Academy Award winner Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim and The Devil’s Backbone.