Let’s talk about the trailer for Pinocchio. No, not that version. The other one. To be specific, since there are two completely different versions of this story coming out in 2022, we’re talking about Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which is coming to Netflix. This is not, at all, to be confused with the live-action film starring Tom Hanks, which will actually be on a totally different streaming service, which, for our purposes, shall temporarily remain nameless.
We understand the confusion. Promise.
Unlike that other movie, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is in stop-motion format. As in, we’re not doing the live action thing here. Oh, and it’s also a musical.
On the plus side, that means the wooden doll actually looks, well, wooden. However, there’s also kind of a dark vibe to it. Given some of del Toro’s other films, that shouldn’t be surprising. But we just want to warn you on that front before you play the video below.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “why would I want to watch a creepy AF version of a story I loved as a kid — especially when there’s another movie coming out this year with The Tom Hanks in it?” But we have so got you covered here.
First of all, the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is narrated by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ok. That’s a slight lie. But it’s as close as you can get to having an unrelated fictional character narrate because, you know, that is so Ewan McGregor’s voice. Are we mad we can’t actually see McGregor? Sure. But we’ll take him voicing Sebastian J. Cricket as a substitute or whatever.
Actually, this thing has a voice cast that’s pretty much the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Nerd Hall of Fame. We’ve got ’90s Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) voicing Sprezzatura, Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things (Finn Wolfhard) voicing Candlewick, Owen Harper from Torchwood (Burn Gorman) voicing…something. And, last on our list (for now) — but not least! — The White Witch from Narnia (Tilda Swinton) voicing…also something unknown.
So, yeah. Even if this particular Pinocchio trailer has us a little bit unsure, we’re giving it a try. Because nerd heaven. Plus, if you’re going to retell a well-known story, you’d better retell it. And Guillermo del Toro is totally the type of filmmaker who can do exactly that.
Check out the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio below, and share your thoughts with us in the comments.
And don’t miss it, only on Netflix, this December.