etflix has dropped a teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio animation, and keeping true to the director’s unconventional style, it shows the wooden boy and the carpenter like you’ve never seen them before.
Not only does del Toro have his own story based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s novel, but stop-motion puppets are used to make the film.
“In my many walks on this earth, I’ve had a lot to say. About imperfect fathers and imperfect sons. And about loss. As the one minute, four second clip opens, Ewan McGregor’s voice says and Love. “I have learned that there are old spirits who seldom attach themselves to men, but occasionally they do.”
Then we see scenes of Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket, Geppetto looking at his wife’s grave and then the carpenter making the boy out of wood. Then there’s a magical blue spirit, and then the adventures between the “imperfect” father and son begin.
Although only a teaser, the release has already generated a ton of buzz, garnering over a million views and thousands of comments in a single day.
“I never thought I’d want to see a Pinocchio movie … like on purpose. It looks heartbreaking!” one commenter wrote.
The animation features a packed cast including David Bradley (Harry Potter Fletcher) as Master Geppetto, Christoph Waltz as Count Volpe, Tilda Swinton as the Fairy with Turquoise Hair, Cate Blanchett as the Suppressatora Monkey and child actor Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. are
Del Toro created the film with Mark Gustafson, Wes Anderson’s animation director for the 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The animation is one of two upcoming Pinocchio remakes (Disney is also making a live-action version with Tom Hanks as Geppetto, which will be released in September) and will be the third to come out this year (Lionsgate has widely released Pinocchio: A True Story in February).
But del Toro’s version couldn’t be more different. It is set in Italy between the First and Second World Wars, when fascism was at its height, and the director of The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates this historical setting with his role as Pinocchio.
In an interview with Vanity Fair in June, del Toro said: “A lot of times this myth is in favor of obeying and nurturing the spirit to me. Blind obedience is not a virtue. Pinocchio’s virtue is disobedience. When everybody acts like a puppet – he doesn’t. That’s the interesting stuff for me.”
Del Toro’s Pinocchio is also unique because the puppet boy remains imperfect – he is always wooden, never softened by human skin. “For me, it’s important to challenge the idea that you have to turn into a flesh-and-blood child to be a real person,” del Toro told Vanity Fair. “All you need to be human is to really act like one, you know?”
The director, who first announced the project was in the works in 2008, added: “I’ve always been intrigued by the connections between Pinocchio and Frankenstein.
“They’re both about a child thrown into the world. They’re both created by a father who then expects them to figure out for themselves what’s good and what’s bad. Yes, morals, manners, love, life and essentials. I think that was childhood for me. You had to figure it out from your very limited experience.”
He said that his approach “is against the book, because the book is trying to nurture the child’s spirit in a strange way. It is a book full of great invention, but it is about obeying your parents and ‘ Also in favor of being a ‘good boy’ [film] It’s about finding yourself and finding your way in the world.
Del Toro has been nominated for six Oscars and won two: Best Picture and Best Director, both for 2018’s The Shape of Water.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will be released on Netflix in December.