Netflix today announced that Guillermo del Toro’s eagerly anticipated stop-motion take on Pinocchio has carved out a December 2022 release, with a teaser introducing us to narrator Sebastian J. Cricket (voiced by Ewan McGregor) — who lived in the heart of the beloved puppet. The exact release date is to be announced.
Synopsis: 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 woodcarver 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.
Pinocchio features an all-star voice cast with McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Other cast 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 new adaptation is written by del Toro and Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall), produced by del Toro, Lisa Henson (The Jim Henson Company), .Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico (Shadow Machine) and Gary Ungar.