Netflix released the official trailer for the stop-motion animation film on Wednesday. The film will be shown in theaters for a brief time in November and then it will move over to Netflix in December.
Pinocchio will also star Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro. Del Torro co-directs the film with Mark Gustafson.
A live action Pinocchio, which del Toro’s should not be confused with, which will air on HBO in December stars Tom Hanks.
Del Toro’s Pinocchio is set in 1930s Italy, during the time of fascism. This was a time when people were very obedient and followed what their government said.
“Many times the fable has seemed, to me, in favor of obedience and domestication of the soul,” he added.
“Blind obedience is not a virtue. The virtue Pinocchio has is to disobey. At a time when everybody else behaves as a puppet, he doesn’t. Those are the interesting things for me. I don’t want to retell the same story. I want to tell it my way and in the way I understand the world.”
The filmmaker noted he would not be incorporating “Pinocchio” going from a “real boy” to a wooden toy. “To me, it’s essential to counter the idea that you have to change into a flesh-and-blood child to be a real human,” del Toro said.
“All you need to be human is to really behave like one, you know? I have never believed that transformation [should] be demanded to gain love.”
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