Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ Receives First Teaser

by Tito W. James

After over a decade of development, the world will finally be able to see Guillermo Del Toro’s vision for the classic tale of Pinocchio. More than a retelling, Del Toro’s Pinocchio is set against the backdrop of the rise of fascism in 1940s Italy and explores the difference between a puppet that seeks to become human and humans that are manipulated like puppets. The film is returning to the darker source material of the book for inspiration while also updating the story to be relevant to contemporary audiences.

In a statement, Del Toro outlined his vision for the film:

No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio…
In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.

Over The Garden Wall creator Patrick McHale, will be co-writing the script with Del Toro, and Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will be co-directing. The cast includes 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.

Be sure to watch Del Toro’s Pinocchio this December.

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