Netflix has shared the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio.
This forthcoming flick is no Disney special. It’s a “dark and twisted retelling” that’s set in Italy in the 1930s during Benito Mussolini’s rise to power. The film is set to follow Pinocchio, “an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend.”
Today’s preview opens with a cricket telling the tale of Pinocchio. The cricket says that he actually lived “in the heart of the wooden boy.” While we don’t get an actual glimpse of Pinocchio himself, we do get a taste of what the tone of the film will be like.
Watch the trailer for Pinocchio below.
“I want to tell you a story,” Sebastian J. Cricket says. “It’s a story you may think you know, but you don’t. Not really.”
The star-studded film is set to star big name voices like Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Christoph Waltz, Time Blake Nelson, Finn Wolfhard, and John Turturro.
“No art from 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,” del Toro explains. “In our story, Pinocchio… embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) co-directed the movie’s stop-animation alongside The Jim Henson company. Keep your eyes peeled for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which premieres on Netflix in December of 2022.