Rent Pinocchio (2022)

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1h 57min
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Synopsis:
A classic tale is reborn through the inspired imagination of cinematic dream-weaver Guillermo del Toro, directing alongside Mark Gustafson. Realised through boundary-pushing, breathtakingly intricate stop-motion animation, this dark rendering of the fable of the puppet boy and his maker - which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature - daringly transfers the story to Fascist Italy, where the irrepressible Pinocchio gradually learns what it means to be human through his experiences of war, death, and sacrifice. This 'Pinocchio' imbues the oft-told tale with a bold new resonance about living with courage and compassion.
Directors:
, Mark Gustafson
Producers:
Alexander Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, Guillermo Del Toro, Lisa Henson, Gary Ungar
Voiced By:
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, Alfie Tempest, Anthea Greco, Francesca Fanti, Sandro Carotti, Rio Mangini, Benjamin Valic, Sky Alexis, Ariana Molkara
Writers:
Guillermo Del Toro, Patrick McHale, Carlo Collodi, Matthew Robbins
Others:
Guy Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Alex Bulkley, Curt Enderle
Aka:
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Studio:
Criterion Collection
Genres:
Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Music & Musicals
Collections:
Getting to Know :Tom Hanks, Getting to Know..., Getting to Know: Tilda Swinton
Awards:

2023 BAFTA Best Animated Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
117 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/12/2023
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Atmos
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Handcarved Cinema, a new documentary featuring del Toro, Gustafson, and cast and crew, including the film s puppet creators, production designers, and animation supervisor
  • Directing Stop-Motion, a new program featuring del Toro and Gustafson
  • New conversation between del Toro and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • New interview with curator Ron Magliozzi on The Museum of Modern Art's 2022 exhibition devoted to the film
  • New program on the eight rules of animation that informed the films production
  • Panel discussion featuring del Toro, Gustafson, production designer Guy Davis, composer Alexandre Desplat, and sound designer Scott Martin Gershin, moderated by filmmaker James Cameron
  • Conversation among del Toro, Gustafson, and author Neil Gaiman
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/12/2023
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Atmos
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Handcarved Cinema, a new documentary featuring del Toro, Gustafson, and cast and crew, including the film s puppet creators, production designers, and animation supervisor
  • Directing Stop-Motion, a new program featuring del Toro and Gustafson
  • New conversation between del Toro and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • New interview with curator Ron Magliozzi on The Museum of Modern Art's 2022 exhibition devoted to the film
  • New program on the eight rules of animation that informed the films production
  • Panel discussion featuring del Toro, Gustafson, production designer Guy Davis, composer Alexandre Desplat, and sound designer Scott Martin Gershin, moderated by filmmaker James Cameron
  • Conversation among del Toro, Gustafson, and author Neil Gaiman

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Reviews (2) of Pinocchio

Entertaining Stop Motion Animation - Pinocchio review by GI

Spoiler Alert
11/02/2024

As you would probably expect from Guillermo del Toro this is a dark version of the famous tale and with very detailed, indeed at times impressive, stop motion animation. I must say I was sceptical that this would work in that telling the story of a wooden boy utilising a filming method that sort of makes all the characters look wooden but it works very well. The story has been moved into 1930s fascist Italy and is narrated by a cricket, Sebastian (voiced by Ewan McGregor). A gentle carpenter is grieving for his son killed in an air raid during the First World War and makes a gangly puppet in a drunken moment of sadness. That night a kindly wood sprite (voiced by Tilda Swinton) gives it life and names it Pinocchio. And off he goes on a journey of discovery encountering the inevitable selfish and nastiness of people before reuniting with his 'father' and learning how to be a real boy. The story differs from the famous Disney version (a surprisingly dark and strange film) and it's quite sombre and at times thought provoking with its themes around grief, childhood, parental control and political ideals. An interesting version that might be a treat for anyone unfamiliar with the story and the cast are good and includes Ron Perlman, Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett (as a monkey!).

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Quality re-telling of the wooden boy story - Pinocchio review by JD

Spoiler Alert
12/03/2024

I was a kid when i watched the disney version and ive never read the original tale (im assuming there was one?) so cant really compare them all.

But Del Toros version has plenty of depth and oozes quality through out.

I dont really like the tale as its a bit sad - but here with some skilled story telling the darkness is offset by how the characters develop to what is ultimately a satisfying conclusion. Its is a joy to watch.

At the end of the day, this is Del Toro work so it going to be good. And it is.

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Critic review

Pinocchio (aka Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Director Guillermo Del Toro has a lot of fondness for horror and animation. His obsession with monsters is gleefully on display in his award-winning The Shape of Water. His familiarity with animation’s wonder can be found in Pacific Rim, taking clear inspiration from Japan’s Gundam anime franchise. His desire to create a stop-motion Pinocchio picture is a perfect marriage of these two mediums, combining the compassion of monster movies with the fantastical nature of stop-motion animation.

This is the type of film where it feels like it could only be composed through animation. The story portrays Geppetto (David Bradley) as a man bound by pathos. His life seems great until World War I bombings bring his child’s life to an abrupt end and distorts Geppetto’s entire view of the world. Grieving, he chops down a tree in a storm and builds a puppet in his late son's image. Through a miracle, Carlo is reborn as a wooden boy, Pinocchio. Geppetto is…terrified! Why wouldn’t he be in this situation, especially when considering how creepy a design he settled on? Despite Pinocchio’s chipper nature, Geppetto is hesitant to raise this boy as his own again, especially since he has to explain the nature of the world to this new soul.

This is no mere Disney reiteration of Pinocchio’s story, as the wooden boy experiences far more of life’s strangeness than going to school, telling lies, and smoking. For being set during the early 20th century, he gets to learn all about the nature of religion, the bullying by others for being different, the horrifying decay within capitalism, and the fascist reign of Benito Mussolini. These are tough topics that Geppetto is not fully equipped to explain, and even the more open nature of the talking cricket, Sebastian J. Cricket (Ewan McGregor) finds it hard to teach what it is to live a good life.

But this narrative goes one step further by having Pinocchio come in contact with the afterlife. Death herself (Tilda Swinton) confronts Pinocchio and explains the deal he’s been given. As a puppet, Pinocchio will live forever while others around him will die. Further complicating this matter is that every time Pinocchio “dies,” it takes longer for him to revive. The world will change without him and around him, forcing the young boy to question what is most important in life. These are heavy topics for an animated film, but this is what makes Guillermo Del Toro’s film so masterful. It could easily be watched by children with its colorful animation and Pinocchio’s silly song comparing Mussolini to poop, but it also treats children as the more compelling characters for questioning more of the world that adults do not. This is a film that never talks down to the wee ones and presents them with a surprisingly mature tale of fantasy and horror. All of it is composed through detailed and compelling stop-motion, and it is never afraid to go dark with exaggeration.

There may be a question if Guillermo Del Toro’s interpretation of Pinocchio is suitable for family viewing, considering it deals with topics of death and fascism in a blunt manner. It’s up to the parents to make that call, but this is the perfect picture for the older kids who feel that animation has nothing left to offer them. With the award that Del Toro received for this film, he stressed that animation is not a genre but a medium, not bound by one demographic or type of film. It’s a sentiment that many cinephiles have proclaimed, but Del Toro makes good on it with this film. Despite how the film jumps around a bit in its narrative and themes, this film takes the Pinocchio story and does something far more original and intriguing with it, especially when compared to Disney’s lackluster live-action treatment released so close to this film. The world needs more biting animated films like this one.

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