Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming stop-motion animated musical of Pinocchio is coming into focus, as a truly star-studded cast has been announced for the film – and it really is breathtaking.
While the lead role of Pinocchio is set to be played by “newcomer Gregory Mann”, we’re also going to see Ewan McGregor (Birds of Prey), Tilda Swinton (Okja), Christoph Waltz (Spectre, Inglourious Basterds), Cate Blanchett (Carol, The Lord of The Rings), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) feature alongside – as well as Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and Watchmen on HBO‘s Tim Blake Nelson.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that “Del Toro is taking a multi-shaded look at the Carlo Collodi tale, originally published in the 1880s. This version of the story is set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy and is described as a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.”
Not in Disney any more
What’s perhaps most exciting about the upcoming Pinocchio film is that it isn’t a Disney remake. Guillermo del Toro’s take on the 19th-century children’s story, The Adventures of Pinocchio, is sure to tread its own path, without the shot-by-shot recreations or staid live action scenes we’ve come to expect from remade Disney classics.
Disney’s 1940 Pinocchio film is still a beloved animated movie today, following the eponymous wooden puppet as he faces exploitation, transformation, and a massive whale. There is indeed an official Disney remake in the works, from director Robert Zemeckis – and another take on the story from Matteo Garrone released in August 2020. So there’s no shortage of Pinocchio stories to come.