Guillermo Del Toro unveils one of his most anticipated films

By Matthew Creith | 7 seconds ago

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Director Guillermo del Toro has long been regarded as the pinnacle of cinematic storytelling, with stories that are remarkably personal and stylized. With successful films such as nightmare alley, The shape of the water and Pan’s Labyrinth, del Toro seems to know how to take audiences to worlds they never dreamed of before. His latest film is one that fans have been waiting for, and yet it’s a tale as old as time itself: Pinocchio.

Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio is expected to release on Netflix in December 2022, but a select few will have a chance to watch it before it’s released to a wider audience. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be presented with a first look at the Annecy International Animation Festival, which will take place from June 13-18, 2022 in Annecy, France. While the entire film will not premiere at the festival, footage from the stop-motion experience will be shown to coincide with the festival’s animation schedule block. Another Netflix animation selection, The Sea Creaturewill have its world premiere at the festival, which will be directed by Chris Williams big hero 6 Fame.

For now, Pinocchio appears to be a hot commodity as a competing project is currently in the works by Disney. During Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s adaptation of Pinocchio comes from the source material and novel written by Carlo Collodi called The Adventures of Pinocchio, it’s seen as a darker version of the story about a wooden doll who magically transforms into a human boy, per IMDb. Disney will release their own version of Pinocchio in September 2022 directed by Robert Zemeckis, a live-action version of their classic 1940 animated film of the same name. Del Toro and Gustafson’s interpretation will feature characters created by Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz and Gregory Mann were voiced. Disney’s characters are played by Tom Hanks, Luke Evans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key and Cynthia Erivo.

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Disney is known for live-action versions of classic animated films from its vault, having reimagined many of their hit animated films in recent years. The audience saw Beauty and the Beast, Aladdinand The Lion King brought into modern times, and their forthcoming publication of The little mermaid is directed by Rob Marshall and debuts in 2023. Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio was long rumored by the director, even as he took his Twitter Account back in January 2022 to show some footage of the stop motion creation.

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess which version of Pinocchio will be the bigger attraction in 2022. Disney has a good reputation for its adaptations, but Guillermo del Toro is probably a better storyteller overall. He seems to understand how to bring out the dark side of certain plot points in his films, and sets the stage for many frightening decisions that the character of Pinocchio will no doubt have to face. But if someone can turn a simple story into a grand adventure, then del Toro is certainly up to the challenge.

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