From my many wanderings on this earth, I have so much to say… about imperfect fathers and imperfect sons, and about loss and love…
With these words uttered in the dulcet, cricket-y tones of voice star Ewan McGregor, we are swept away into the stunning new teaser treailer for Netflix’s highly anticipated stop-motion feature Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. The preview hints at a wide world ripe for exploring as it gives a first glimpse at characters like the colorful carnival folk and a reimagining of the Blue Fairy very in line with del Toro’s unnerving yet fantastical aesthetic.
Synopsis: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) 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 film directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.
The film features an all-star voice cast with Ewan 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 and Burn Gorman, with Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.
Del Toro also wrote the picture with Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall), and is a producer alongside Gary Ungar, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico for animation studio Shadow Machine, and Lisa Henson for The Jim Henson Company. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio features music by two-time Academy Award-winning French composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Shape of Water, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Secret Life of Pets, Trollhunters, Isle of Dogs).
The film’s creative team also includes production designer Guy Davis, co-production designer Curt Enderle (Isle of Dogs, The Boxtrolls), art director Rob DeSue (Missing Link), animation supervisor Brian Hansen (Missing Link), director of photography Frank Passingham (Kubo and the Two Strings), puppet supervisor Georgina Hayns (The Boxtrolls) and editor Ralph Foster (Isle of Dogs).
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will premiere on Netflix in December. netflix.com/pinocchio