The story of the wooden boy, Pinocchiowill come to life with musical animated version of the classic, by William of the Bullalso known as the Mexican filmmaker’s dream project.
The latest on the feature film is the announcement of Netflix done this morning, confirming that it will be premiered on the streamer on Friday, December 9, 2022.
It will also have a traditional premiere in some theaters prior to its arrival on the platform. Netflix will announce its big-screen release date at a later date.
Del Toro co-scripted, produced and co-directed the project that marks his stop motion feature directorial debut. The film will not be a version of Pinocchio like the one we know from the classic Disney character. This is what the filmmaker has commented on previous occasions:
“The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s. A particularly difficult historical moment. At a time when fascism was on the rise. And Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country.”
“I have always been very intrigued by the links between Pinocchio and Frankenstein. They are both about a boy who is thrown into the world. Both are created by a father who then expects them to discover what is good, what is bad, ethics, morals, love, life and essentials, on his own. I think that was, for me, childhood. You had to figure it out with your very limited experience.”
“Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reimagines the classic Italian tale of Pinocchio in a stop-motion musical adventure. Follow the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio as he searches for a place in the world.”
The script was co-written by the Mexican and by Patrick McHale (Adventure Time). Directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). The stop motion project was shot beginning in the fall of 2019 and throughout the pandemic at ShadowMachine studios in Portland, Oregon under strict health and safety protocols.
The film has a great cast that will lend their voices to the classic characters:
Pinocchio is a del Toro, The Jim Henson Company production (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), y ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman). Lisa Henson, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico and Gary Ungar produce alongside del Toro, while Blanca Lista co-produces. The production design is in the hands of Guy Davis, who is inspired by the original design of the character made by Gris Grimly. The puppet is made by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).