It looks like Netflix’s Pinocchio could be another Oscar contender going by critics’ & cinephile’s reactions after watching Guillermo del Toro‘s stop-motion animation. While the dark fairytale had already received a rave-worthy “fresh” review on Rotten Tomatoes since its world premiere at the 66th BFI London Film Festival – the general audience has also begun tuning in on the movie and is not short of praises for the auteur.
it was noted early on that Pinocchio’s story would be a much more accurate adaptation of Carlo Collodi‘s original story. The movie takes place during Mussolini’s era in Italy when Fascism is rising. But even with its revamped elements, many have still complimented the animated film for sticking to the classic narrative which centers on the whimsical wooden puppet and his journey. At the same time, he also struggles to live up to his father’s expectations, Geppetto. The movie deals with themes like fatherhood, fantasy & fascism.
While the Oscar-winning director has included admirable story aspects from his past films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Shape of Water – his directing partner, maestro Mark Gustafson was in charge of the stop-motion, which audiences have equally praised.
Pinocchio fans are emotional after watching Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix stop-motion animation
The lauds were not exclusively for Del toro since many commended the entire cast’s performance which went well with the script and pacing. But most of all, the film’s emotional opening, deaths and twists had many tear-up, as can be seen in their reactions below. The official account handling Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio has also reacted to the wave of compliments with a subtle response, “imagine all the people, watching you on Netflix. What a day, what a day!”.
#Pinocchio is a masterpiece. The level of detail that went into this film is just mind-blowing. I laughed, I cried, and I came out the other side of it feeling like a better person.
I was feeling down today, so I really needed this. Thank you to @RealGDT and everyone involved🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/k2geDchrfL
— Sleighvid Opie 🎅🏻 (@DavidOpie) December 9, 2022
I LOVED #PinocchioMovie!@RealGDT delivers a beautiful story through this beautiful stop motion animation. It’s so heartfelt, with charming performances from the entire cast. A great script, expert pacing, and lovely songs puts this into my top 10 of the year. #Pinocchio pic.twitter.com/ee1T4RFiui
— Leo Rydel (@GeeklyGoods) December 9, 2022
So, #Pinocchio was quite good. I'm almost embarrassed that I never before contextually connected that story with 'Frankenstein'. My son remarked that there was more death than he expected. I replied that "Guillermo del Toro doesn't f-around." pic.twitter.com/M1KZFPJRhG
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) December 4, 2022
Just me casually crying my heart out. @RealGDT 's PINOCCHIO IS MY #1 FILM THIS YEAR. I Already started my Oscar Campaign on @NextBestPicture and I will riot if Alexandre Desplat didn't win original score. pic.twitter.com/P7ZG801FNq
— Kelitikfilm by Reza Mardian (@kelitikfilm) December 9, 2022
Just watched Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio that was so damn beautiful pic.twitter.com/edADWPxgLC
— Rachael ミ☆ (@Gagasfilm) December 10, 2022
Starting #PinocchioMovie / 10 minutes later… 😭😭😭💔#Pinocchio pic.twitter.com/6pZkFXerZw
— Karen #DankeSeb 🇩🇪 (@BlackWidow_221B) December 10, 2022
Saw The New Most Sensational #Pinocchio Of This Year!
The Screenplay And Characters Looked Absolutely Stunning! It Blew Me Away With How Much Got Revamped And Still Told The Same Classic Story!
I Fell In Love With Every Minute Of It! pic.twitter.com/o3ePaEKWGz
— Carter Sumner ®️ (@Carterthe_Great) December 10, 2022
Today Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is available in Netflix, a beautiful film I invite everyone to see!
Here is a WIP inspire in this amazing movie💙 pic.twitter.com/L7VydefBvU
— Valentino Lasso (@valentino_lasso) December 10, 2022
WHY AM I CRYING OVER A PINOCCHIO MOVIE pic.twitter.com/MTRCMWCIF8
— sarah 🎄☃️ 26 days until tbb s2 (@qvesarah) December 10, 2022
Our fairy tales reflect our times. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio deals with themes of fatherhood, fantasy & fascism. It's a brilliant modern masterpiece of animation. @RealGDT @pinocchiomovie pic.twitter.com/jEQozXeJKq
— Into The Forest Dark (@ElliottBlackwe3) December 10, 2022
the new @pinocchiomovie by @RealGDT is an absolute masterpiece. was in tears at the end. His work is always so surreal yet life affirming, what a magical mind and legend of a film maker ✨ pic.twitter.com/eJCFt41tF6
— simone marie (@simonemarie4) December 10, 2022
"What happens, happens. And then, we're gone". @pinocchiomovie is a beautiful fable about growing up, making mistakes, love and redemption. It's @RealGDT at the height of his powers. Beautifully crafted in every way, it's an unforgettable experience for everyone. Fantastic! pic.twitter.com/W6cVh7eMKe
— Jorge Avila Andrade (@jorgegavila) December 10, 2022
It’s everything I imagined it would be😍♥️🙌🏾 https://t.co/NrIk8ZYVt5
— Lorena (@Lorena_Flo_) December 10, 2022
I’m not seeing enough people discussing Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio. Here’s a reminder to check it out right now on Netflix. It’s absolutely incredible, one of the best films of the year and it made me cry. Please check it out and support it! #AnimationIsFilm #PinocchioMovie pic.twitter.com/NMXrCRwpjz
— Nitro-Spidey 🎄 (@NitroSpidey) December 9, 2022
pov i finished guillermo del toro’s pinocchio and you just found me in my room pic.twitter.com/69pXDdEE6E
— monse (@chillianmurphy) December 9, 2022
Unlike Disney’s version of the live-action Pinocchio helmed by Robert Zemeckis featuring Tom Hanks as Geppetto – this grim retelling received a lot of lot early on from Hollywood creatives after the trailer unveiled breathtaking visuals whilst also showcasing a melancholic Frankenstein-Esque interpretation that Guillermo Del Toro’s filmography is known for.
Netflix’s Pinnochio features a star-studded cast with Ewan McGregor voicing the Cricket, David Bradley for Geppetto, Gregory Mann for Pinocchio, Cate Blanchett for Spazzatura, Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick and Tilda Swinton voicing Wood Sprite.
Since premiering on December 9, Pinnochio has been available to stream on Netflix but is also expected to release in select theaters.
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