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The First Trailer For Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Is Here

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

2022 will be quite the productive year for Pinocchio. A record three adaptions of the public domain tale are coming out. The first of these, a badly produced Russian take, was released earlier this year and became an Internet mockery, but it’ll get better from there. Disney is of course doing their own live-action remake which we expect to just be the original thing, shot for shot. You’ve already seen that (and better, with Walt’s animation).

The REAL treat is coming at the end of the year. Famed director Guillermo del Toro has dreamed of making a Pinocchio movie for a long time. He’s spoken of it as a passion project since the 2000s, and it’s been stop and go since then, but he finally found a stable partner in Netflix, who committed to make the movie in 2018. It’s rendered in eerie Selick-like stop motion (Selick is not part of this), and it looks great. Check it out:

del Toro’s version will be one that is a lot more faithful to the book than most others, including the Disney variant. Collodi’s Pinocchio was not naive and innocent at birth. He was a complete jerk who played pranks on Gepetto instantly and got him thrown in prison within the first chapter. The cricket became Pinocchio’s conscience because he truly needed one!

In this version, Gepetto cuts down the tree Sebastian J. Cricket lives in to make his puppet. The cricket is then forced to make his new home INSIDE Pinocchio, through a hole in his chest, which could potentially make things messy during the “real boy” transformation. But hey, del Toro said he was aiming for a PG-13 rating.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio stars Gregory Mann as the title character, Ewan McGregor as Sebastian, David Bradley as Gepetto, Tilda Swinton as Fairy, and Christoph Waltz as the Fox and the Cat, along with Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turturro, Finn Wolfhard and Ron Perlman in undefined roles. The film debuts on Netflix in December.