Netflix has dropped the first teaser for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, that reimagines the classic tale of the wooden boy in an upcoming stop-motion musical. The teaser gives us a glimpse of the film from the point of view of Sebastian J.Cricket — aka Jiminy Cricket — who lived inside the wooden puppet-cum-boy. In the clip, Sebastian makes it clear that this version of Pinocchio is not at all the story we're all familiar with. Sebastian is voiced by Ewan McGregor.
As the teaser opens he says, “I want to tell you a story. It's a story you may think you know, but you don't.” The film is set during Benito Mussolini’s fascist reign over Italy in the 1930s and tells the tale of Pinochhio who suddenly comes to life much to the surprise of his woodcarver “father’s” surprise.
Directed by del Toro & Mark Gustafson with an all-star cast: Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.
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Guillermo del Toro has been working on Netflix’s Pinocchio for over a decade and is based on the original 1882 Italian tale written by Carlo Collodi, which Disney revamped in 1940 with its own animated movie. However, it will dance between its enchanting fairytale moments woven with dark world history.
Pinocchio is co-directed by Mark Gustafson and written by del Toro and Patrick McHale. The film also stars David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, and Burn Gorman. Pinocchio is set to hit Netflix sometime this December.