Ron Perlman reveals that Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion animated Pinocchio movie is set in Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italy circa 1930s.
Ron Perlman reveals the setting of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio movie. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s critical hits include his 2006 fantasy film, Pan’s Labyrinth, and his 2017 Best Picture-winner, The Shape of Water, though some of his more commercially successful movies include Pacific Rim and Hellboy. His most recent film, Nightmare Alley, released in theaters on December 17 and stars Bradley Cooper as an ambitious carny who crosses paths with a corrupt psychiatrist, played by Cate Blanchett, who proves to be just as dangerous as he.
Back in 2008, del Toro announced he was developing a stop-motion animated movie based on Carlo Collodi’s Italian classic, Pinocchio. The director was unsuccessful in securing funding for the project and had to move studios multiple times over the next few years. It eventually landed at Netflix in 2018 and the streamer now plans to to release his Pinocchio movie in late 2022. The film also features Perlman’s voice as Mangiafuoco. Ewan McGregor and David Bradley are the other voices.
Now, in a recent interview with Inverse promoting Nightmare Alley, which he has a small role in, Ron Perlman also discussed his involvement in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio adaptation and shared some information about the movie’s setting. According to Perlman, it is “set in Mussolini’s Italy.” Read his comments below:
“Guillermo’s Pinocchio takes place in Mussolini’s Italy, which has a Fascist background. Pinocchio, who is not human, is the ideal soldier. This is the premise of the film. So he doesn’t ever question orders. He has no fears. He’s invulnerable. He is everything a soldier should be. “
Other than the cast list and the fact that it will be released on Netflix next year, not much else is known about del Toro’s Pinocchio. Thanks to Perlman’s recent comments, it’s now apparent that the movie will be set in Italy prior to WWII, unlike Walt Disney’s iconic animated version from 1940 which was set during the late 1800s, the same time Collodi’s famous fable was written. However, expect del Toro’s version to be less kid-friendly, as it has been labeled as a “dark and twisted retelling. “
Del Toro’s film is not the only adaptation of Pinocchio set that will stream next year. Robert Zemeckis is helming a live-action retelling for Disney+ starring Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, Lorraine Bracco, and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth. Both adaptations boast high-profile stars and directors. It will be interesting seeing which one wins the end. However, for those looking for an anti-fascist Pinocchio set during the rise of Mussolini, del Toro is your guy.
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