Netflix confirms cast for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Staff Reporter | On 19, Aug 2020
Netflix has confirmed the voice cast for Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Pinocchio.
Drawing on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, the stop-motion musical will follow the extraordinary journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish. 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.
The film is directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). Del Toro and Patrick McHale wrote the script. The song lyrics are by del Toro and Katz, with music by Alexandre Desplat, who will also write the score.
As if that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, Netflix has now unveiled the cast for the filmmaker’s lifelong passion project, with Ewan McGregor officially confirmed as voicing Cricket. Newcomer Gregory Mann will star as Pinocchio, and they will be joined by David Bradley (Game of Thrones) as Geppetto, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen) and Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes).
The film is produced by del Toro, the Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico, as well as Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar; it is co-produced by Blanca Lista of the Jim Henson Company and Gris Grimly. Other credits include production supervisor Melanie Coombs, co-production designers Guy Davis and Curt Enderle, animation supervisor Brian Hansen, puppet supervisor Georgina Hayns, director of photography Frank Passingham, art director Rob DeSue, and animatic editor Ken Schretzmann.
Gris Grimly created the original design for the Pinocchio character, and the film’s puppets are being built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).
The film will debut in cinemas and on Netflix and, after principal photography began last Fall at ShadowMachine’s Portland, Oregon studio, production has continued uninterrupted during the pandemic.
“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix. We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on, barely missing a beat. We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way,” said del Toro.
Ewan McGregor to voice Jiminy Cricket in Netflix’s Pinocchio
18th June 2020
Ewan McGregor will voice Jiminy Cricket in Netflix’s Pinocchio, the actor has confirmed.
Directed and written by Guillermo del Toro, the stop-motion musica is produced with The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman, The Shivering Truth). The project is set in Italy during the 1930s, introducing us to Pinocchio – an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.
More details than that aren’t known, but McGregor has now confirmed that he will voice the iconic insect in an online Q&A with ACE Universe.
“It’s stop-frame animation so it’s going to take them a long time to make that film,” he said, “but my first part of that, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done.”
“There may or may not be a song that needs to be recorded,” he added. “I’m not sure that I’m at liberty to discuss that.”
McGregor is no stranger to Netflix, have also signed on to star in Ryan Murphy’s Halston, a limited series that tracks the meteoric rise and fall of the first American celebrity fashion designer. Filming on that had begun in New York, before the coronavirus lockdown halted production.
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Guillermo del Toro to direct Pinocchio for Netflix
22nd October 2018
Guillermo del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with his lifelong passion project, Pinocchio.
The stop-motion musical, which del Toro will write and produce, will be the director’s first feature film since The Shape of Water, which won four Academy Awards last year, including for Best Director and Best Picture.
Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s and is producing with The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman, The Shivering Truth), which will house the stop-motion animation production. Alongside del Toro, Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce. Blanca Lista will co-produce. Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall, Adventure Time) will co-write the script, Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will co-direct, and Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration from Gris Grimly’s original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).
Guillermo says: “No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.”
Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix: “Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic beast in The Shape of Water. We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”
The film marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with Guillermo del Toro, following the Emmy-winning TV series Trollhunters, the first installment of DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, 3Below, is set to debut on December 21st 2018, followed by Wizards in 2019. He is also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
Production on Pinocchio is expected to begin this autumn.