The New Release Date For Guillermo Del Toro 'Pinocchio' Revealed
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The New Release Date For Guillermo Del Toro ‘Pinocchio’ Revealed By Director

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BY December 8, 2021

The Disney animated Pinocchio movie from 1940 always kind of creeped me out. The kidnapping of Pinocchio and that scary Puppet Master, Stromboli, and then getting eaten by a whale…Was this something appropriate for Disney audiences? Which is why I was pleased to hear that Guillermo del Toro, director of the horrifically surreal and fantastical, was taking the helm on a stop-motion musical version of the “real boy.” Del Toro’s retelling of Pinocchio for Netflix was first announced in 2018 and many thought it would come out this year (it didn’t thanks to this thing called a pandemic), but the new release date for Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio was revealed by the filmmaker himself in an interview: the end of 2022! I guess when you wish upon a star, film release dates can be revealed!

Besides A New Release Date For Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, What Else Do We Know?

new release date for guillermo del toro pinocchio Image via Netflix

Del Toro has been busy to say the least. His latest movie, Nightmare Alley, is coming out on Spider-Man Day (aka December 17, 2021), and he’s working with Netflix again on his new anthology series, Cabinet of Curiosities, so it’s impressive that he’s added Pinocchio to the mix. For Del Toro though, the project is very personal and he’s said that he hopes the movie subverts audience expectations. In an interview with Collider, Del Toro compared Pinocchio and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (a story he also almost adapted). He said:

“It’s a very very very personal movie for me. The flip-side for me always been Pinocchio and Frankenstein, are the same story. Because essentially, that’s the same story. The idea of a Pinocchio that talks about things that I consider very deep but it’s fun and it’s a musical at the same time, I find it really incredibly moving. Obviously, in animation, you get to see the movie in storyboards beginning to end many many times, and then you add the stop-motion. Right now, we are 50% animated and 50% in storyboards. Every time I watch the movie I just sob like a baby. It’s as personal as it gets, as moving as it gets. It’s unlike any version of the story you’ve ever seen. It’s completely unlike it. It subverts the moral underpinnings of the original fable, which is, in order to be a real boy you have to change. You’re going to become flesh and blood. This is about becoming a real boy by acting…acting like a real human, period.”

The movie already has a stacked cast including Ewan McGregor as the voice of Jiminy Cricket and David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies) as Geppetto. Other voice actors include Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard, Christoph Waltz, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and Ron Perlman.

As mentioned before, Del Toro’s Pinocchio is going to be musical, so he co-wrote the song lyrics while Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat will write the score. Gris Grimly created the original design for the Pinocchio character, and the film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride). The plot will revolve around Pinocchio’s extraordinary journey as he navigates Mussolini’s Italy while struggling to live up to his father’s expectation.

Watch Del Toro talk about Pinocchio with Collider below:

The new release date for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will be sometime at the end of 2022. 

Are you excited to finally have a new release date Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio to look forward to next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Netflix


Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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