FINALLY: Pinocchio is on Netflix

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – (Pictured) Pinocchio (voiced by Gregory Mann). Cr: Netflix © 2022

One of the classic children’s tales, “Pinocchio,” written by Italian author Carlo Collodi in 1883, comes to live in a new, animated version by genius film directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, produced by Netflix and with music by Alexandre Desplat. The film was exhibited in selected theaters for a few weeks prior to its awaited debut on the popular platform on December 9, 2022.

“I want people to know that they don’t need to change to be loved,” said Del Toro. In this new version, Pinocchio (Pinocho, in Spanish) presents a rather rebellious wooden boy whom nobody thought much of, except those who knew him and loved him. Set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s Pinocchio is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations. Del Toro is famous for his ability to get the public to evoque strong emotions and sentiments through a combination of depth and ingenuity in his characters.

The “Pinocchio” by Guillermo del Toro was made with stop motion, an animated film technique that, simply said, physically manipulates objects and then photographs them, in sequence, creating movement. But the magic also comes a combination of lighting, sound effects, close ups, wide angles, and other camera movements, a la Del Toro.

The story indeed is different than the original Pinnochio tale published in 1883, but other filmmakers have done the same. There are some changes in the Disney animated film projected in 1940 and other Pinnochio versions in the 1970s, in 2012 and finally in 2019.

Interesting enough, the year 2022 brings movie enthusiasts two different versions of Pinnochio, one already out, produced by Disney+; in which Tom Hanks plays Gepetto, and the animated, stop-motion film by Del Toro with the voice of Gregory Mann as Pinocchio and David Bradley as Master Gepetto.

-Lupita Franco Peimbert


  • Pinocchio: Gregory Mann
  • Cricket: Ewan McGregor
  • Geppetto: David Bradley
  • Other voices: Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton, Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, John Turturro (The Batman), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Nightmare Alley ), Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen ), Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes ).

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