When is Guillermo del Toro’s animated film Pinocchio released for global OTT streaming on Netflix and who was chosen?
This weekend, the streaming world returns to Geppetto’s woodcarving shed and the classic tale of Pinocchio with the live-action Disney Plus adaptation.
However, the new movie isn’t actually the only Pinocchio film to be released in 2022, with Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated stop-motion production set to premiere later this year.
Here’s everything fans need to know about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio feature, including the release date, voice cast, and a tough production story.
Pinocchio: confirmed release date for the Netflix feature
Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro is set to be released for OTT streaming via the Netflix platform on Friday, December 9e2022.
The film will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 15.eafter which it will have a limited theatrical run starting November 25e.
Interestingly, the movie was originally slated to debut in 2021, before the release was pushed back to 2022, then to Q4 2022, then finally to early December – see the last section for more on why.
Pinocchio will loosely follow the story of Carlo Collodi’s original fairy tale, but will have the infamous Guillermo del Toro-twist to his style; being noticeably darker and more mature in its themes than either the original story or Disney’s new live-action adaptation.
In fact, Netflix also has describe the feature film as “Set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, PINOCCHIO – a musical directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson (FANTASTIC MR. FOX) with a score by Alexandre Desplat – is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.
Speaking via Arthive, del Toro explained how “the original story is much more evil, scary and semi-necrophiliac in some ways”.
“No art form has influenced my life and work more than animation and no character in history has had such a deep personal connection to me as Pinocchio.” – Guillermo del Toro, via Arthive.
An all-star voice cast revealed
While the recently released live-action Pinocchio on Disney Plus features an iconic cast of Hollywood legends, Netflix’s upcoming Guillermo del Toro movie has its own star-studded cast of 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 Turquoise Fairy
- Ron Perlman as Podesta
- Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick
- Cate Blanchett as Sprezzatura the Monkey
- Tim Blake Nelson
- Burn Gorman
- John Turturro
IMDB currently labels the film as having a runtime of one hour and 30 minutes.
An extended production cycle well worth the wait
With a reported budget of $35 million, a legendary filmmaker at the helm, and an outstanding voice cast, you might have expected the production to be a fairly uneventful story in itself.
However, Guillermo del Toro’s anime adaptation has had a long and arduous journey to full-scale production, having been originally revealed by the acclaimed director in 2008.
The original plan was to release Pinocchio in 2013 or 2014, but production would take a frustrating turn when del Toro explained in 2017 that no studio was willing to fund the $35 million budget he would need.
” This is inappropriate. But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the rise of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not ongoing. —Guillermo del Toro, via IGN.
It was even considered that the adaptation should be turned into a 2D animated feature, but del Toro would ultimately settle for stop motion (although that added further financial strain), with Netflix funding the production in 2018.
Filming took place in Guadalajara, Mexico and Portland, Oregon in 2020.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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