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Everything We Know About “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” Is Here

One of the most famous fairy tales in all of literature, “Pinocchio” by Italian author and poet Carlo Collodi, is finally getting the live-action treatment. According to Deadline this morning, Disney and del Toro himself have teamed up to make a darker version of it. The film will be called “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” and the plot revolves around protagonist Geppetto (Jim Cameron) bringing his son fashioned out of wood to life with a magic lacquer box that he was given by his dead father. 

Release Date: December 9, 2022.

Country: United States.

Language: English.


Running Time: 114 minutes.

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10.

Crew Members :

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson

Screenplay by: Guillermo del Toro and Patrick McHale


Based on: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Produced by:

  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Lisa Henson
  • Alexander Bulkley
  • Corey Campodonico
  • Gary Ungar

Voice Actors:

  • Gregory Mann as Pinocchio
  • Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket
  • David Bradley as Master Geppetto
  • Christoph Waltz as Count Volpe
  • Tilda Swinton as the Wood Sprite
  • Ron Perlman as the Podestà
  • Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick
  • Cate Blanchett as Spazzatura
  • Burn Gorman as The Priest

What is the movie based upon?

Pinocchio was written by Collodi and originally published in serialized form between 1881 and 1883. It follows a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who longs to be a real boy. He is created by a carpenter named Geppetto, then promptly runs away from home when he is accused of causing mischief (a trait that was given to him by the Blue Fairy after he told her that all boys lie). Pinocchio is then led down the path toward evil by con artist foxes who are working with a talking cat but also befriends Honest John and Gideon, two con artists who try to help him become educated enough to join their ranks.

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What will make this movie interesting to watch?

Part of what makes this story great is that it is a fairy tale that kids will see as a fun adventure but adults will pick up on the darker subtexts. Del Toro is an expert at making kids’ movies with a dark side to them, and this sounds like it won’t be any different. Del Toro’s dark fantasy “Pan’s Labyrinth” was loosely based on the story of “The Fairy and the Woodcutter,” which is from the same collection of stories by Collodi. A character named Blue Fairy (the fairy from Pinocchio) also plays a large role in “Pan’s Labyrinth.

Why should you watch this movie?

Del Toro is an expert at making film adaptations of imaginative fantasy stories. He infused the dark story of “The Devil’s Backbone” and gave it life, and also crafted a number of creatures for “Pan’s Labyrinth.” This movie will likely have the same strong visuals and possibly even more. The story, which centres around a wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy, has been retold numerous times in many different ways. There was even a version made for Disney in the 1950s, which still stands out as one of Disney’s best animated films ever thanks to its mature themes, bright colours, and excellent animation — none of which fans can really say about modern-day Disney films.


What do critics say about this movie?

Del Toro’s Pinocchio film isn’t the only live-action fairy tale movie coming out. Disney is also working on “The Little Mermaid,” which is being directed by Rob Marshall and will star former “Downton Abbey” star Richard Madden as Prince Eric. There are also rumours that Disney is trying to make a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” but it is unconfirmed if they have a director or star in place yet. There have been countless other fairy tale movies made over the years, including a number based on Collodi’s work, including 1933’s “Il Gatto e la Volpe” and 1992’s “Geppetto.”

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