It’s official: Guillermo del Toro’s very-long-awaited animated take on the Pinocchio tale is coming out this year, in December.
The streamer has released a teaser for the film, a stop-motion musical. It introduces Sebastian J. Cricket, this film’s version of the Talking Cricket, who first appeared in Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian book The Adventures of Pinocchio, upon which the film is based. Sebastian is presented as the story’s narrator, announcing that he “actually lived in the heart of the wooden boy.” Watch the teaser below:
This is del Toro’s first animated feature, although he created the cg series Tales of Arcadia for Netflix. The Mexican filmmaker is directing alongside Mark Gustafson, animation director on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. The film is produced with The Jim Henson Company and Shadowmachine.