Netflix has released the official teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, the forthcoming stop-motion animated fantasy featuring the voices of an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket. The film is scheduled to make its debut this November in select theaters, followed by its streaming release this December on Netflix.
The video, which you can check out below along with the key art poster, features Cricket as he narrates the classic story of an imperfect father’s love and the magic that brought a wooden boy to life.
Described as a reimagination of the classic tale, Netflix’s Pinocchio is a stop-motion animated musical that will follow the adventures of a wooden boy in his pursuit of a place in the world. It will feature a star-studded voice ensemble led by newcomer Gregory Mann as the titular wooden boy, Ewan McGregor as Jiminy Cricket, and David Bradley as Geppetto.
“Set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, the film is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations,” reads the logline.
Additional cast includes Academy Award winners Tilda Swinton (Isle of Dogs), Christoph Waltz (Epic), and Cate Blanchett (How to Train Your Dragon films) along with Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), John Turturro (The Batman), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen) and Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes).
Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, who has been attached to the project since 2018 is co-directing Pinocchio along with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is written by Del Toro and Patrick McHale, with a score by Alexandre Desplat. It hails from The Jim Henson Company, which worked with Netflix on 2019’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Producers are del Toro, The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson & Blanca Lista, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, and Corey Campodonico, Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar, and Gris Grimly.