Guillermo del Toro’s picturesque stop motion 3D animation adaptation of Pinocchio Is winning hearts all over Hollywood. The first trailer is packed with dark tonal moments balanced with brightly-hued elements, teasing a newfangled and presumably a dark take of the classic story.
From Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn to Shazam! 2 Star Rachel Zegler, actors, directors and critics are raving over Netflix’s Pinocchio trailer, and for all the right reasons. The trailer begins with Ewan McGregor’s narration as Sebastian J. Cricket penning down the story of “imperfect fathers and imperfect sons, and about loss and love” – a story about a wooden puppet brought to life by Geppetto (David Bradley) in the image of his late son.
The dark fairy tale vibe has Pinocchio fans excited to experience a distinctive story unlike Disney’s 1940 film with Del Toro’s harmonious twisted interpretation of Pinocchio much like Frankenstein. Many continue to shower praises for the biblical angel-Esque representation of the Blue Fairy, similar to Del Toro’s monster designs. Moreover, the whimsy yet epithetical theme in the Pinocchio trailer has some already convinced this somber version deserves an Academy Award. Readers can find reactions below.
This looks delightful. Can’t wait to see what @RealGDT has dreamed up for us. ❤️ #pinocchio @pinocchiomovie pic.twitter.com/xpX9n8o3zZ
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 27, 2022
guillermo del toro’s ‘pinocchio’ is 1937292839289% guaranteed to break my heart pic.twitter.com/v1GL5Ee1JS
— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) July 27, 2022
Guillermo del Toro’s PINOCCHIO looks gorgeous. Love that in his version the protagonist’s wooden look is earthy and the Blue Fairy is a biblical angel in the style of del Toro’s monsters. The characters in the background seem taken from Fellini’s AMARCORD. Grande @RealGDT! pic.twitter.com/lMk38J3DEd
— Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) July 27, 2022
The Disney movie is great and everything, but there's no possible way this won't be the best Pinocchio adaptation that will ever be created. https://t.co/vFHOrQSA4K
— Arlo (@ArloStuff) July 27, 2022
Guillermo del Toro’s version of PINOCCHIO looks really fantastic: even in this short offering there’s already a great burst of whimsy and empathy. pic.twitter.com/X26D7ODh7j
— Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews) July 27, 2022
This blue fairy design is infinitely superior to any from other Pinocchio adaptation https://t.co/4H60NkvPty pic.twitter.com/OlIWFcslOM
— women and fishmen 💗💜💙 (@Galena_Bismon) July 27, 2022
I am so excited for this version of Pinocchio! It was written by my buddy Pat McHale, who created Over The Garden Wall and was a huge creative force behind Adventure Time and Flapjack. All I know is that it’s going to be magical✨ https://t.co/wJlTzcYG3M
— Thurop Van Orman (@littlethurop) July 28, 2022
The Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio film looks great, beautifully animated but I'm especially in love with this design for the Blue Fairy. So much so that I wish it was in a Horror film more like Mad God or even a new Nightmare on Elm Street film. pic.twitter.com/V3ida1IJj8
— SJWJamesBond Wants Nazis Banned ︽✵︽ Agent of GIRL (@mvbrat91) July 27, 2022
Del Toro is the only filmmaker who knows how to contemporarily adapt fairy tales. Using a fascist backdrop to center on the moral power of disobedience subverts their history and applies a modern consciousness. Excited for PINOCCHIO to further this thematic through-line. pic.twitter.com/rS2fnGqS1D
— Jon 🌙 (@blvze97) July 27, 2022
Netflix has finally released the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio and the hype is real for this one. The stop motion animation in this trailer is so beautiful and I cannot wait to finally see this one after so many years! https://t.co/zl1mfrqvJd
— Animated Antic (@Animated_Antic) July 27, 2022
I'm so looking forward to this film! #pinocchio @pinocchiomoviepic.twitter.com/IqXGvn1dS2
— Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) July 27, 2022
Just watched the trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio and it looks just as fabulous as we knew it would. I especially cannot get over the fairy's design! So gorgeous!!! 💙🌟 pic.twitter.com/YErlBWUGtR
— LadyCassandrina🎤🌟~ (@LadyCassandrina) July 27, 2022
The Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio movie looks gorgeous and will prolly be amazing but if he's not gonna go "father when can i leave to be on my oooown~" is it really worth watching? pic.twitter.com/QHW0PQWpHE
— ᑭ໐††єᖇℤᓰᒪᒪᗩ (@Potterzilla) July 27, 2022
If you watch one Pinocchio movie this year, you better make damn sure it’s this one. https://t.co/U8f3uHFjSA
— 💚 JeffMovieMan! ❤️ #NewDealForVisualEffects (@JeffMovieMan) July 27, 2022
let's completely ignore the Disney's live action and think that this is the only acceptable version we're getting of Pinocchio this year https://t.co/CLMtPjjmBR
— Shelly López 🔞 CEO of SweErik (@rhaeneryansfw) July 27, 2022
This might end up the best Pinocchio film of the year https://t.co/GTesAv9VJd
— big barda (@CasaDupre) July 27, 2022
gonna cry and throw up when that Guillermo Del Toro stop motion Pinocchio movie loses the best animated movie Oscar to an underwhelming Disney animated movie or something
— Soundwave (@LocalSoundwave) July 27, 2022
The trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated Pinocchio movie on Netflix looks stunning, and is maybe serving some JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH vibes? I’m very, very excited for this one. https://t.co/Oa5PU6hWeg
— julia alexander🌴ooo until 08/02/22🌴 (@loudmouthjulia) July 27, 2022
It should be noted that Disney is also releasing its own live-action Pinocchio on September 8, helmed by veteran filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, known for his ingenious remaining of fairy tales. While some are convinced Del Toro’s Pinnochio deserves to win an Academy Award instead of the Mouse house’s adaptation, the latter’s first look also assures a heart-warming portrayal of Gepetto played by Tom Hanks and the wooden boy. It remains to be seen which ends up winning over audiences and critics alike.
Netflix’s Pinocchio has a star-studded cast featuring Christopher Waltz as Count Volpe, Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick, Gregory Mann voicing Pinocchio, Tilda Swinton for Fairy with Turquoise Hair and Ron Perlman as Podestà.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will arrive in selected theatres in November and later stream on Netflix from December.
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