It looks like 2022 has somehow become the year of Pinocchio. Disney Studios released its remake of its animated classic and director Guillermo del Toro will debut his version of the fable this year as well. Del Toro's adaptation takes more cues from the original story that's exponentially darker than what we've come to think of when we think of Pinocchio.
During Netflix's virtual Tudum event, del Toro took fans on a quick tour of Pinocchio's set and stages, even showing off the different scales of puppets used when doing a scene. He even included a giant Pinocchio head that was used for close-ups. You can watch the clip below.
In 2008, Del Toro made the announcement that he was going to direct a film adaptation of Pinocchio. The movie was supposed to be released in 2013, but after several years, the production was put on hold. In January of 2017, it was revealed that animator Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall) would be co-writing the script; however, development was quickly halted because no studios were ready to give finance for the project. After Netflix had purchased the production rights, the next year saw a revival of the show's production.
Pinocchio is the first animated feature film that Guillermo del Toro has directed. The film is based on the illustrations that children's book creator Gris Grimly included in the edition of the classic 1883 Italian tale that he published in 2002. Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton all lend their voices to the animated film. Other voice actors include Gregory Mann and Finn Wolfhard.