Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett have joined the cast for Guillermo del Toro’s long-mooted stop-motion musical version of Pinocchio, for Netflix.
Del Toro’s toy boy will be voiced by Gregory Mann. McGregor will voice Cricket while David Bradley takes on Geppetto. Christoph Waltz, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, John Turturro and Tim Blake are also onboard.
Del Toro is setting this retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. The production design takes inspiration from Gris Grimly’s original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (who worked on the stop motion Corpse Bride).
Written and produced by del Toro, the film will be a first for the director since his Oscar-winning hit The Shape of Water, which garnered four Academy Awards, including for Best Director and Best Picture. Song lyrics are by del Toro and Katz, with music by Alexandre Desplat.
Del Toro is setting this retelling of the classic tale in Italy during the 1930s, the production design takes inspiration from Gris Grimly’s original design for the character…
For del Toro, this is very much a passion project. “No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” he says.
“In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
The movie is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine. Also alongside del Toro, Patrick McHale will co-write the script, Mark Gustafson will co-direct, and Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer
Pinocchio is del Toro’s second Netflix project, having worked with the streaming giant on the animated DreamWorks Trollhunters series. He’s also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
As is so often the way, a second Pinocchio project has also been announced. Tom Hanks is thought to be in line for the role of Geppetto in a live action version of the story, being developed by Disney.