A new teaser trailer for Pinocchio has finally been released, teasing what’s to come in Guillermo del Toro’s latest film. Del Toro is best known to many audiences for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and his most recent film, Nightmare Alley, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2022 Oscars. The writer/director is renowned for his films’ unique tones and visual aesthetic, frequently incorporating mythical creatures and elements of horror.
Del Toro’s upcoming film Pinocchio, for which he serves as writer and director, is a stop-motion take on the classic tale. Made in collaboration with Netflix, the film is described as a darker version of the familiar children’s fairy tale, with Pinocchio transforming from a simple wooden puppet into a real boy. A short teaser for the film was released six months ago, providing a first look at the stop-motion style and Ewan McGregor’s Sebastian J. Cricket. In addition to McGregor, Pinocchio features voice performances from Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Jon Turturro, Christoph Waltz, Tim Blake Nelson, and Hellboy‘s Ron Pearlman.
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Now, a brand new trailer for the anticipated film has been released, teasing a stranger and slightly darker version of Pinnochio than many audiences may be familiar with. The trailer provides the best look yet at Geppetto (David Bradley) and teases the character’s inner sadness behind his desire to create Pinocchio. The trailer also affirms that the film will very much embrace del Toro’s signature aesthetic and darkly whimsical world-building. Check out the new trailer below:
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Interestingly, this year will also see the release of another adaptation of Pinocchio from Disney and Robert Zemeckis, and the latest trailer for Del Toro’s version makes clear that the two films will be very different. While Disney’s version seems to be embracing a feeling of childlike wonder, del Toro’s Pinocchio does appear to offer a slightly darker take on the classic children’s tale, with themes of loss and melancholy permeating the beautiful stop-motion imagery. Despite the more serious undertones, however, the film does appear to be suitable for children, with the story still maintaining a sense of whimsy and adventure.
Del Toro is renowned for his ability to create strange and beautiful worlds for his story, and Pinocchio appears to be no different. It remains to be seen which version of Pinocchio general audiences will prefer, but fans of del Toro will surely be eager to see the director’s unique take on the decades-old children’s tale. While the film will be made available on Netflix in December, the trailer also affirms, thankfully, that those looking to experience the film theatrically will have a chance to do so.