It’s more than official now that Guillermo del Toro will release his own version of the famous wooden puppet in Pinocchio. The famous director will be writing, producing, and directing the animated film based on the Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio while staying as true as he wants to the source material. The film will be dealing with complex subjects like fascism and will be comparable to Frankenstein’s story.
This film however is not just “another remake from a Disney animated classic”. This will also be animated but using the stop motion technique. Also, the director has openly said that this is a “not so family friendly” movie since it’s going to take on a much darker point of view and design. By the way, the design looks amazing! It’s so much different from what we have learned Pinocchio looks from Disney and Shrek as well. The little kid/puppet looks way more like a wooden humanoid an old woodsman would do on his workshop. Also, Guillermo del Toro Will be co-helming alongside Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director, Mark Gustafson, from a script he-cowrote. The concept art for the film shows very clearly this will be an extremely different take on the classic tale.
Now another not so familiar feature here besides the animation style and design, is the cast. Earlier this week an interview with Harry Potter cast member, David Bradley, he confirmed his role in the movie as Geppetto which is basically the only cast member of Pinocchio that’s been confirmed with his respective character. In the interview however, he confirmed the participation of Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz! The roles for these actors are yet unknown, but it’s safe to assume that Tilda Swinton will be voicing the Blue Fairy whose character fits perfectly with Swinton’s other worldly voice. Also, Ewan McGregor could be playing Pinocchio himself since he is able to speak with some innocence. This is totally unexpected since Pinocchio has usually always been voiced by a kid. We hope he can deliver a new voice to the character and maybe even enhance it. Now for Christoph Waltz it’s pretty safe to assume he will be voicing Jimmy Cricket. As you can see this voice cast suit their characters perfectly in unexpected ways and are not there for the sake of being famous and drawing an audience with nice names (although they are also pretty big names).
A great director, a great voice cast, an original take on a classic tale, and very talented artists all add up to a film that might be one of the best of 2021. Are you excited for Pinocchio? Let us know on Twitter and don’t forget to add it to your Kernel Watchlist so you don’t miss any news about the film.