The teaser introduces us to Cricket, voiced by Ewan McGregor. It appears that he’ll be our narrator. “I want to tell you a story. It’s a story you think you know, but not really,” Cricket tells the audience. “I lived, actually lived, in the heart of the wooden boy.”
Del Toro co-directs this new take on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale alongside Mark Gustafson, who was the animation director on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Del Toro also penned the script with Adventure Time scribe Patrick McHale, Matthew Robbins (who co-wrote del Toro films Crimson Peak and Mimic), and Gris Grimly.
Plenty of talent in this production – a collaboration between Netflix and The Jim Henson Company. The voice cast also includes newcomer Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, David Bradley as Geppetto, Finn Wolfhard as Lampwick, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman as Mangiafuoco, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz as The Fox, and Tilda Swinton.
Two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech, Argo) is behind the score, director of photography is Frank Passingham (Kubo and the Two Strings, Chicken Run), and editor is Ken Schretzmann (Toy Story 3, The Secret Life of Pets).
Can. Not. Wait. Unfortunately, it’s still a while away. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will be hitting Netflix sometime in December.