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Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

"Love will give you life."

PG 2022-10-22 Animation 1hr 57m

During the rise of fascism in Mussolini's Italy, a wooden boy brought magically to life struggles to live up to his father's expectations.

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During the rise of fascism in Mussolini's Italy, a wooden boy brought magically to life struggles to live up to his father's expectations.

  • Released
    2022-10-22
  • Revenue
    n/a
  • Budget
    $35,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 57m
  • Genre
    Animation, Fantasy, Drama, Family
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    7.6
  • Production
    The Jim Henson Company, ShadowMachine, Double Dare You Productions

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Cast

Gregory Mann

Gregory Mann

Pinocchio (voice)
Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor

Sebastian J. Cricket (voice)
David Bradley

David Bradley

Geppetto (voice)
Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz

Count Volpe (voice)
Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

Wood Sprite / Death (voice)
Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Il Podestà (voice)
Finn Wolfhard

Finn Wolfhard

Candlewick (voice)
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Spazzatura the Monkey (voice)
Tim Blake Nelson

Tim Blake Nelson

The Black Rabbits (voice)
John Turturro

John Turturro

Il Dottore (voice)
Burn Gorman

Burn Gorman

Priest (voice)
Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Mussolini / Right Hand Man / Sea Captain (voice)
Alfie Tempest

Alfie Tempest

Carlo (voice)
Anthea Greco

Anthea Greco

Podesta's Wife / Twin Daughter 1 / Parishioner Woman (voice)
Francesca Fanti

Francesca Fanti

Twin Daughter 2 / Old Woman / Street Sweep (voice)
Sandro Carotti

Sandro Carotti

Fruit Vendor / Butcher (voice)
Rio Mangini

Rio Mangini

Milliner / Soldier / Carnival Worker (voice)
Benjamin Valic

Benjamin Valic

Confident Boy / Laughing Boy (voice)
Sky Alexis

Sky Alexis

Young Girl (voice)
Ariana Molkara

Ariana Molkara

Older Girl (voice)
Roy Halo

Roy Halo

Young Boy (voice)
Luciano Palmeri

Luciano Palmeri

Barrel Man / Soldier / Carnival Worker (voice)
Peter Arpesella

Peter Arpesella

Carnival Worker (voice)

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-12-03

Set against the rise of Mussolini, this adaptation of the Collodi story draws parallels with the adventures of the eponymous puppet and the ... read more

Set against the rise of Mussolini, this adaptation of the Collodi story draws parallels with the adventures of the eponymous puppet and the fascist's coming to power in Italy. The stop-motion animation is vibrant and simply gorgeous as the old carpenter "Geppetto" lives happily with his young son "Carlo" until the war intervenes and he is robbed of his very essence. It is whilst in the depths of his despair that he decides to carve a puppet, and imbued with life by a forest sprite - "Pinocchio" is born. Curious, mischievous, rebellious - you just know that the youngster is going to be an handful for his father and his friend the cricket. His skills at dancing draw the attention of circus master "Volpe" and soon the lad is caught in an intricate trap that causes him and his "papa" no end of trauma. This iteration blends the magical and mystical with the political and brutal in a cleverly constructed fashion. The original story of humanity is front and centre, but the failings of, and challenges to, that humanity are also presented to us as we see the best and worst of human nature displayed. It's a love story, and one of the best, and in the hands of a man who knows how to mix the dark and the light - contextually and visually - so well, we are offered an engaging and thought-provoking version of this far darker and interesting fairy tale. A big screen must, if you can - the artistry is intricate and the Desplat score compliments that well, too.

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A Review by msbreviews 8

Written by msbreviews on 2022-12-07

FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/guillermo-del-toro-pinocchio-spoiler-free-review "Pinocchio retells t... read more

FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/guillermo-del-toro-pinocchio-spoiler-free-review "Pinocchio retells the famous tale of the wooden puppet through visually lovely stop-motion animation, featuring several bold narrative changes that make this remake more human, emotional, and thematically profound than so many other adaptations. Unforgettable dialogues about loss, love, and being the best version of ourselves elevate an adventure of self-discovery. The voice cast couldn't have been better, while the (new) music manages to be both playful and lyrically rich. Guillermo del Toro simply cannot fail." Rating: B+

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A Review by ChrisSawin 8

Written by ChrisSawin on 2022-12-14

Guillermo del Toro has crafted a darker yet equally emotional version of _Pinocchio_. It is exquisitely and intricately animated with rich t... read more

Guillermo del Toro has crafted a darker yet equally emotional version of _Pinocchio_. It is exquisitely and intricately animated with rich textures, gorgeous lighting, and mostly welcome character reinventions. The transition to Fascist Italy fits del Toro’s vision well, but the changes remove and alter enjoyable story elements that are surely missed. _Pinocchio_ is absolutely a contender for this year’s best-animated film, but it is a film that I hoped to adore and yet only deeply appreciate. **Full review:** https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/12/12/guillermo-del-toros-pinocchio-review-familiar-fantasy-branches-into-wondrous-stop-motion-and-the-horrors-of-war/

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A Review by Dark Jedi 7

Written by Dark Jedi on 2022-12-21

I didn’t even know that Guillermo del Toro had made an adaptation of Pinocchio until my daughter and oldest son told me they wanted to watch... read more

I didn’t even know that Guillermo del Toro had made an adaptation of Pinocchio until my daughter and oldest son told me they wanted to watch it during our traditional movie evening yesterday. Wow, that was a different take on Pinocchio indeed. Pinocchio, the original, is not surprisingly, one of the movies I watched as a kid and which is quite dear to me. A movie from the time when the name Disney actually meant something and when they made actual family movies instead of woke crud for the small but loud-mouthed and fanatical minority. Needless to say I have not even contemplated to watch Disney’s latest remake of the original. But then, Guillermo del Toro movies I often like and, well, the kids (who are also very anti-woke) wanted to watch it so I did not have much choice but to watch it. I do indeed have some reservations about the theme used in the movie but overall it was a good movie. The movie is more geared towards adults or at least young adults than Disney’s original. It is much more dark and less humorous. But then, with Guillermo del Toro at the helm that is not really a surprise is it? Since I did not know anything about this movie until I started to watch it I sat through the entire movie wondering if it was done with stop-motion figures or CGI made to look like stop-motion. It turnes out that it is indeed stop-motion and damned impressive stop-motion at that. Really well done. The story, which has little to do with the original Disney one to be honest, is not bad but here we come to my main gripe with the movie. I did not really like the setting in fascist Italy with a lot of the movie preaching about fascism. It is really beating a dead horse and it made the movie darker than it had to be. I know Pinocchio is an Italian story so they could not really have set it in communist Russia, even though that would have been much more relevant if they really wanted to have some background bad guys. Still, I just wished they would have found some other theme. The ending is also nothing like the original Disney movie. It is not entirely a tragic ending but it is certainly not an overly happy one either. It is a good ending but, again, more an adult ending than a children’s story ending. Overall though, I liked the movie. It was a good movie and an intelligent and technically very well done adaptation of the Pinocchio story.

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A Review by r96sk 7

Written by r96sk on 2023-01-02

It's good, even if I wouldn't say it's anything better or worse than its Disney animated counterpart - at least it is a marked improvement o... read more

It's good, even if I wouldn't say it's anything better or worse than its Disney animated counterpart - at least it is a marked improvement on that aforementioned company's remake, mind. The big win of <em>'Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio'</em> is the stop-motion animation, which is extremely nice indeed. As for everything else? Nothing leaps out of my mind if I'm honest, even within 30mins of watching it. I personally found the design of the titular character to be 'just' OK, same goes for Sebastian J. Cricket & Co. I did like the casting of Ewan McGregor and David Bradley, particularly the latter. Christoph Waltz, meanwhile, is alright in his role. The more serious vibe of the film is a positive, though I don't think it comes across as deep as it intended (e.g. that last line from Cricket isn't, in my opinion, as effective as the film seems to think it is). As for the music: fine but forgettable, for me. Again, it's passable. I just unfortunately didn't overly care as much as I wanted to for this story and its characters. The 1940 film did it slightly better, fwiw.

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A Review by badelf 7

Written by badelf on 2023-04-10

I'm not sure why everyone compares this to Disney's version. They both stole the main characters from Carlo Collodi's 19th century book. My ... read more

I'm not sure why everyone compares this to Disney's version. They both stole the main characters from Carlo Collodi's 19th century book. My father used to read it to me. Sure, Guillermo took a much bigger artistic license than Disney. So what? What modern director even attempted to be completely faithful to a book except Peter Jackson? That said, there quite a few logic holes in Guillermo del Toro's version that took me right out of suspended disbelief. Takes it out of Oscar territory for me, but I don't vote LOL. Aside from that, the artistic effort was superb.

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A Review by Crazypiglady 6

Written by Crazypiglady on 2023-06-02

More true to the original vibe of the story than the Disney version but the parallels of the Italian fascists could have had more of an impa... read more

More true to the original vibe of the story than the Disney version but the parallels of the Italian fascists could have had more of an impact. The family tragedy did have an impact though which was very moving. The idea of 'Love will give you life' is great but as we all know, isn't true which hindered any inspiration. It would be great if there were good and (fairly) evil spirits (and if there were I'd like mine played by Tilda Swinton please) but there aren't - that shouldn't take away from the story but it doesn't work as a life lesson. The darkness was great but needed more fascism (not a phrase I use that often!) I liked the film but it seemed to evade all age groups; too scary for under 12s, too slow for 12 - 15, not gripping enough for 15-18 and not enough parallelling with the rise of fascism or Tilda Swinton for over 40s. Lovely score, lovely stop motion which we don't see enough of nowadays. Lots of potential not quite reached in terms of Ewan McGregor and plot. Cutting room floor: inside the whale and (unless you're going to do it as a main theme), the fascist element. Lovely score, lovely animation.

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A Review by CinemaSerf

Set against the rise of Mussolini, this adaptation of the Collodi story draws parallels with the adventures of the eponymous puppet and the fascist's coming to power in Italy. The stop-motion animation is vibrant and simply gorgeous as the ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-12-03

Set against the rise of Mussolini, this adaptation of the Collodi story draws parallels with the adventures of the eponymous puppet and the fascist's coming to power in Italy. The stop-motion animatio...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by msbreviews 8

Written by msbreviews on 2022-12-07

FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/guillermo-del-toro-pinocchio-spoiler-free-review "Pinocchio retells the famous tale of the wooden puppet through visually lovely ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by ChrisSawin 8

Written by ChrisSawin on 2022-12-14

Guillermo del Toro has crafted a darker yet equally emotional version of _Pinocchio_. It is exquisitely and intricately animated with rich textures, gorgeous lighting, and mostly welcome character rei...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Dark Jedi 7

Written by Dark Jedi on 2022-12-21

I didn’t even know that Guillermo del Toro had made an adaptation of Pinocchio until my daughter and oldest son told me they wanted to watch it during our traditional movie evening yesterday. Wow, tha...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by r96sk 7

Written by r96sk on 2023-01-02

It's good, even if I wouldn't say it's anything better or worse than its Disney animated counterpart - at least it is a marked improvement on that aforementioned company's remake, mind. The big win...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by badelf 7

Written by badelf on 2023-04-10

I'm not sure why everyone compares this to Disney's version. They both stole the main characters from Carlo Collodi's 19th century book. My father used to read it to me. Sure, Guillermo took a much bi...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Crazypiglady 6

Written by Crazypiglady on 2023-06-02

More true to the original vibe of the story than the Disney version but the parallels of the Italian fascists could have had more of an impact. The family tragedy did have an impact though which was v...

read more