Combustible Celluloid Review - Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio (2022), Guillermo del Toro, Patrick McHale, based on a story by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, and on a book by Carlo Collodi , Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman, John Turturro, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Tom Kenny
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With: Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman, John Turturro, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Tom Kenny
Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Patrick McHale, based on a story by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, and on a book by Carlo Collodi
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson
MPAA Rating: PG for dark thematic material, violence, peril, some rude humor and brief smoking
Running Time: 117
Date: 11/11/2022
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Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Working with animator Mark Gustafson, the amazing Guillermo Del Toro directs his first stop-motion-animated feature, Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio (2022), not to be confused with the live-action Disney+ release from a few months ago. One might expect Del Toro to dive in and offer up a pitch-dark, and even horrific, vision of the original story, one to rival Disney's 1940 version (which, incidentally, is much darker than its reputation suggests). Instead it's a kid-friendly, PG-rated movie, complete with songs (which are its weakest link), and a happy, yappy hero. Nevertheless, it's a gorgeous movie, with dizzying designs that eventually lure us away from the old familiar cartoon images and into its cruel, but hopeful world. Interestingly, the movie takes place during the rise of fascism and takes aim at figures like Mussolini. And Pinocchio's wish to be a real boy isn't merely granted through being good; he must die and be reborn to understand what life really means. Ewan McGregor narrates and provides the voice of Sebastian J. Cricket, while John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton provide other voices.

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