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First Images: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘PINOCCHIO (2022)’

A wise narrating Cricket seems to be "at the heart" of del Toro's version of Carlo Collodi's 'PINOCCHIO.'

Since the news first broke back in 2012 about the possibility of Latin horror maestro Guillermo del Toro possibly be putting his personal dark touch on Italian author Carlo Collodi’s classic PINOCCHIO, I have experienced both delight and uneasy trepidation as each announcement was eventually followed by news that seemed to put the nails on the coffin of the highly-anticipated project, and signaling that the stop-motion animated film was ill-fated to never reach the big screen.

When it was announce that streaming behemoth NetFlix popped onto the news threads that it would be float the production, all ears perked up! And when it later dropped the first official teaser in both English and Spanish, we knew the tide had turned permanently and that the stench of the low tide was gone for good! One nagging feeling remains, however: that del Toro’s re-imaging will not be seen on large screens at cinemas but rather the aspect ratio of your phone, laptop, smart TV or confines of your projection unit (my current fancy). But given the alternative of the film never coming to fruition, we’ll take it!

Now the first stunning images have dropped via VANITY FAIR and we could not be happier as the production ephemera is amazing!! Worth the wait and we think it’s destined to be an instant classic! The production is co-helmed along with Mark Gustafson.

 Check out the goods below…

Synopsis: Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This whimsical, stop-motion musical directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.

The Cast: The film features an all-star ensemble voice cast with Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Other cast includes Finn Wolfhard, Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, with Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton.

Although slated to hit NetFlix in December 2022, no official release date has been announced. But we will keep you updated on all bits related to this gem. You can also remain in-the-know by pointing your browser to — — and clicking “Remind Me.”

Peep the trailers below (English/Spanish).

El cineasta ganador del Premio de la Academia® Guillermo del Toro reinventa el cuento clásico de Carlo Collodi acerca de la marioneta de madera que mágicamente cobra vida para reparar el corazón de un tallador de madera afligido llamado Geppetto.  Este fantástico musical animado en stop motion dirigido por Guillermo del Toro y Mark Gustafson sigue las aventuras y travesuras de Pinocho en su búsqueda por encontrar su lugar en el mundo. 

Bajo la dirección de Guillermo del Toro y Mark Gustafson, la película cuenta con las voces originales de grandes talentos, incluyendo a Ewan McGregor como Pepe Grillo, David Bradley como Geppetto y la presentación de Gregory Mann como Pinocho.  El elenco también cuenta con la participación de Finn Wolfhard, la ganadora del Premio de la Academia® Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, con el ganador del Premio de la Academia® Christoph Waltz y la ganadora del Premio de la Academia® Tilda Swinton.

Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán
Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán is the Founder-In-Chief of LATIN HORROR. Pagán is a writer, filmmaker and life-long horror fan. In 2008 he founded LATIN HORROR, an online niche market website specializing in Latin-influenced horror, its documentation, and promotion as a distinct genre. Pagán is at the forefront of the Latin "Dark Creative Expressionist" movement, a term he coined as a means of identifying the millions of lost souls who live outside the rim of mainstream society and whose lifestyle and work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts. Currently, he is penning a book entitled 'MIEDO - The History of Latin Horror.' Trivia: He is noted for ending his written correspondence with the offbeat salutation 'There will be SANGRE!'

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