Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is sad, dark and sublime

The film, filmed in stop motion animation, opens this Thursday in theaters, and on December 9 it arrives on Netflix.

Guillermo del Toro appropriated pinocchio, the story, and made it his own. East pinocchio of stop motion animation is a conscious puppet, curious more than mischievous, who makes trouble wherever he goes, and that the action moved to Italy in the first half of the 19th century, fascism and Duce Mussolini included.

Plus? War breaks out and Pinocchio calls the Duce another way, but that even goes unnoticed due to the innocence of the character. But Del Toro’s vision is sublimely sad, dark enough to mislead parents, and what to say about the little ones, who won’t know whether to have fun or worry when they empathize with the wooden doll with a nose so long that it dies no less than three times and is reborn again and again.



Guillermo del Toro appropriated the story, changed the period, included Mussolini and it is a very, very sad film. netflix photos

But let’s analyze pinocchio from the shape or its making. Del Toro co-directed his first animated film with Mark Gustafson (animation director for The fantastic Mr. Fox) and already from the colors of the woods, the landscapes crammed with strong colors, marks a distinction.

The plot, well, the plot is also unique, which is why del Toro takes Carlo Collodi’s story from 1883 and undoes it to his liking.




Pinocchio in the workshop. He is a doll with a conscience.

Deaths, losses and depression

Geppetto suffers not only the loss of his wife, but that of his son, in a way that overwhelms. Plunged into depression and alcoholism, the creation of Pinocchio will be a way of escape, a search to put his soul back together.

Geppetto suffers the death of his young son in a bombing, becomes depressed and becomes an alcoholic.


Geppetto suffers the death of his young son in a bombing, becomes depressed and becomes an alcoholic.

But for that, Pinocchio has to have a soul. At least, we already knew that he had an ad hoc conscience, with Jiminy Cricket, who here has his own story, his antecedents with Geppetto and is, in addition to being a moral prompter and caretaker of Pinocchio, a writer. He is the one who narrates the film.

And the film follows, in part, the way we know it, there is no shortage of school, a visit to the belly of a whale that looks more like a sea monster, and the unscrupulous who want to take advantage of Pinocchio’s innocence.

The visual display of the film is amazing. Surely it is a candidate for the Oscar for best animated film.


The visual display of the film is amazing. Surely it is a candidate for the Oscar for best animated film.

However, the character that causes, we would not say fear, but concern, is Spazzatura, the little monkey who is Count Volpe’s henchman.

The voice cast is amazing. Ewan McGregor (Jimmy Cricket), Cate Blanchett (Spazzatura), David Bradley, who was Argus Filch in the saga of Harry Potter, voices Geppetto, plus Christoph Waltz, Ron Perlman, John Turturro and Tilda Swinton. The young Gregory Mann brings some candor to Pinocchio’s voice (but only what is strictly necessary).

In the belly of the whale (or a sea monster). Something still stands from the original story by Carlo Collodi, published in 1883.


In the belly of the whale (or a sea monster). Something still stands from the original story by Carlo Collodi, published in 1883.

Sadness, more than melancholy, tinges the entire development of the film, which has some humorous moments -the best jokes are thrown by Jiminy Cricket, although Pinocchio himself also has his own-. It is not that there is no hope, but optimism or illusion is somewhat uncertain or opaque.

The end of the film is tremendous, before the credits. The film is certainly musical, but after throwing us into that depressing denouement, del Toro chooses to have us leave the theater (or get up from our living room couch after its streaming premiere on Netflix on December 9) humming a song.

The Mexican's Pinocchio dies, but revives. It is not a film for the little ones.


The Mexican’s Pinocchio dies, but revives. It is not a film for the little ones.

What was said: pinocchio is a Guillermo del Toro in its purest form.

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

Very good

Animation/Drama. USA, 2022. Original title: “Pinocchio”. 117′, SAM 13. Of: Guillermo del Toro. With the voices of: Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett. Rooms: Multiplex Lavalle and Belgrano, Atlas Patio Bullrich and Nordelta.

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