Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio trailer ain’t no lie

The full trailer for <em>Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio</em> is here—and, no surprise, looks like it’s the real boy to Robert Zemeckis’s clumsily-carved simulacrum.

Just look at this thing. We’ve got author-illustrator Gris Grimly’s charming designs peppered with some obvious del Toro influence (having only seen bits of Grimly’s original adaptation, I’m just assuming del Toro had a hand in that Pan’s Labyrinth Faun-looking chimera), the inherent delight of honest-to-god stop-motion, and voice acting from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton—all adding up to give us, perhaps for the first time on-screen, a Pinocchio tale that looks at all as interesting, dark, and weird as it should.

Sure, sounds good, but of course you’re asking: but is the goldfish sort of hot? This is the bad news. It’s unclear whether there’s even a goldfish at all—pouty-lipped and mascara-wearing or not!

Real bummer for the ichthyophiles out there, but otherwise, this looks like a real treat.Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio hits Netflix December 9. In the meantime, Disney+ has a far better alternative than its own, grotesque Pinocchio: Hit up 1996’s Henry Selick-directed James and the Giant Peach for an appetizer of fantastic, stop-motion, celebrity-voiced bug action!

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