Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion animated musical movie “Pinocchio” for Netflix has announced its cast – newcomer Gregory Mann is in the title role, Ewan McGregor as Cricket, and David Bradley (Harry Potter franchise, Game of Thrones) as Geppetto. Other cast includes Oscar-winners Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, and Cate Blanchett; Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things); John Turturro (The Batman); Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Nightmare Alley); Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen); and Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes).
Based on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, the feature follows the journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish. Set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s “Pinocchio” is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.
Del Toro and Patrick McHale wrote the script. The song lyrics are by del Toro and Katz, with music by Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, who will also write the score. Gris Grimly created the original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets are being built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).
“Pinocchio” is produced by del Toro, the Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, and Corey Campodonico, as well as Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar; it is co-produced by Blanca Lista of the Jim Henson Company and Gris Grimly. Other credits include production supervisor Melanie Coombs, co-production designers Guy Davis and Curt Enderle, animation supervisor Brian Hansen, puppet supervisor Georgina Hayns, director of photography Frank Passingham, art director Rob DeSue, and animatic editor Ken Schretzmann.