Pinocchio by Guillermo Del Toro for Netflix: review and trailer

By Nathanaël B., Laura B. Published on November 24, 2022 at 6:06 p.m.

“Pinocchio”, the animated film by Guillermo del Toro, arrives on Netflix on December 9, 2022. For his first stop-motion feature film, the director has chosen to adapt this tale well known to all, but the filmmaker behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” or “The Shape of Water” has appropriated the story of the little wooden boy.

While Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, Nightmare Alleywas released in cinemas last January, it is on netflix that the filmmaker presents his next film, Pinocchio co-directed with Mark Gustafson. The animated feature film is expected on 9 December 2022 on the streaming platform.

The Pinocchio trailer

Announced by Del Toro more than 3 years ago as the project of his life, this New version of Pinocchio is everything first animated film by the Mexican director known for The shape of water, Hellboy or Pan’s Labyrinth. And for this first attempt, the filmmaker has chosen to adapt in a very personal way the tale of Carlo Collodithrough the stop-motion, an animation technique based on real objects, photographed frame by frame.

the wooden puppet born under the pen of Carlo Collodi this is not his first adaptation, nor to his last. Best known thanks to the cartoon that Disney drew from it in 1940, Pinocchio is currently very popular. Indeed, the Italian Matteo Garrone recently proposed his version of Pinocchio for Prime Video. Just like Robert Zemeckis, who signed the live-action remake of the cartoon, released directly on Disney +.

And to learn more about Guillermo Del Toro’s version, a free exhibition with the sculptures from the film is open until December 18 at the Galerie Paris Cinéma Club.

Our opinion

If you appreciate the work of Guillermo Del Toro, you will love Pinocchio, as this film contains all the obsessions that the filmmaker has worked on throughout his filmography. The tribute to german expressionism (Crimson Peak), highlighting beasts of fair rejected by all (Hellboy), place a fantastic tale in a context of war quite real (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water), the world of the circus as a place of manipulation (Nightmare Alley). In short, this Pinocchio sums up the career of the filmmaker, and is a bit (sometimes too much) a potpourri of all his works.

However, the feature film is of course much more than that. By remaining faithful to the tragedy that was the original tale, Del Toro signs here a dark film, which the children will perhaps appreciate a little less. Throughout the film, the question of death, and how we react to it, is raised. Between Gepetto who builds a little wooden boy on the model of his deceased son, and Pinocchio himself who wonders about his immortality, this question is essential in the scenario.

As in the tale, it is also and above all an initiation story of a little boy who knows nothing of the world, and who suffers from all its vices. It’s a deeply tragic story, enhanced by the soundtrack ofAlexandre Desplat. Moreover, many songs dot the feature film, it is perhaps the limit of the film, as they clash with the overall tone and the weakness of the titles, which all look a little alike.

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Pinocchio by Guillermo Del Toro for Netflix: review and trailer

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