2022 is going to be a big year for one classic character: Pinocchio. Not only is Disney teaming up with Robert Zemeckis for a live-action remake starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto, but Guillermo del Toro is also doing a much darker version of Pinocchio’s story in stop-motion form for Netflix. The animated musical isn’t expected to come out until later this year, but del Toro recently spoke about what folks can expect from the upcoming film.
“They do have parallels. Obviously, ‘Pinocchio’ has big sections at a carnival, so there are straight little echoes between the two [films],” said del Toro. “And ‘Pinocchio’ deals with a different thematic. ‘Pinocchio’ is about what makes a human a human and what makes a human a puppet. Or a puppet a human because it’s set during the rise of Mussolini in Fascist Italy. So, it’s a really interesting thematic exercise, that one,” del Toro shared.
Del Toro’s Pinocchio was announced years ago, and fans of the Oscar-winning director are excited the new project is finally on its way. It was announced back in June of 2020 that Ewan McGregor was up for the role of Jiminy Cricket, and his casting news was confirmed by Netflix along with some other big names. Pinocchio also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Tilda Swinton, Tim Black Nelson, Ron Perlman, John Turturro, Burn Gorman, Gregory Mann, and David Bradley.