A Story You Think You Know: Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio Review
Guillermo Del Toro's Pinnochio
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
The newest Pinnochio movie is here, and while the list is getting to be quite long as the years pass, this is the best one. Undoubtably. Guillermo Del Toro has created a beautiful movie that looks, feels, and sounds awesome. This is the best animated film of the year and the attention to detail is amazing. It isn’t often I watch a Netflix movie twice, but Pinnochio is even better once you start to grasp the efforts that went on behind the scenes.
The 2022 animated film stars Ewen McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Gappetto, and Gregory Mann as Pinnochio. The voice acting in Pinnochio is decent, but it is the special effects team that stole the show. Guillermo did a great job coming up with a very special plan, and the team around him did a wonderful job of bringing the puppets to life.
As awesome as this movie is, there is a 30 minute documentary to go along with it. I recommend everyone go check that out, as I found it to be quite interesting.
Is Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio Scary?
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio is odd, and follows a differently storyline compared to the classical Pinnochio films. There are parts that smaller children could find scary, the movie is set in Italy in the 1930s, but I wouldn’t consider it scarier than the Disney animated original.
Is Pinnochio on Netflix Canada?
Pinnochio is on Netflix in Canada as of December 9th, 2022. It can be streamed on the platform and is available on most Netflix providers worldwide.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio Review
I absolutely adored Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio. The movie is beautiful, and the story it tells is meaningful. Guillermo hides a variety of life lessons within his latest work, and it adds meaning to an already engaging story.
My biggest worry with this movie was that it was going to be predictable. It’s Pinnochio, how much can really change? A lot, a lot can change. While some of the core scenes and occurrences are still present in this movie, some of the biggest moments are scrapped. There’s a ton of new story in this rendition of Pinnochio, and lots of surprising twists and turns. Unlike the live action Pinnochio released this year by Disney, Guillermo’s Pinnochio comes to a satisfying conclusion. Our story comes to a close, but it ends with meaning. Over the course of the film, we build emotional connections with our characters, and it makes the bigger moments matter. It creates intrigue and suspense as you care about the outcome.
The stop-motion used to create Pinnochio was incredible, and it was absolutely worth the 15 years it took to make. The level of detail put into every single scene was unlike many movies released as of late, and a polar opposite of Netflix’s usual Friday releases. The characters looked stunning, and the movement felt so fluid. The technology behind this movie is very, very cool, the way they used cameras and different props to create the exact vision Guillermo had when he started this project.
The best way I can describe watching Pinnochio was that it felt old but it looked new. Stop-motion animation is not something I am very familiar with, but it was incredible in this movie. The dialogue, the story, the characters all felt old. They felt familiar, and it created this feeling of comfort to begin the movie. Then the rug is pulled, things begin to change, and it become this brand new experience. It feels like an old-school movie, with great animation that is focused more on putting on a show for the audience than it is on being as realistic as it can be. I loved it, and it will be a movie I go back to on more than one occasion.
All in all, to sum everything up, go watch Pinnochio. It’s beautifully done, with a high level of detail and sophistication. The characters, from a literary standpoint, are nothing to call home about, but a new story set in a more modern era creates a very engaging movie. It adds new opportunities and troubles for Pinnochio, and I really enjoyed not watching the same old story.