It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Guillermo del Toro‘s Pinocchio movie, which he is making with The Jim Henson Company for Netflix. During a recent interview with ACE Universe, Ewan McGregor revealed that he is going to be providing the voice of Jiminy Cricket, in the film. The charming cricket acts as Pinocchio’s conscience in the story.
McGregor said that before the pandemic hit, he had already recorded some of the dialogue for the film. He also teased that there “may or may not be a song that has to be recorded.” Here’s the full quote:
“I’m playing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pinocchio. That I had started working on before I left for New York, so some of that is recorded. And of course it’s stop-motion animated so it’s going to take them a great long time to make that film. But my first part, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done. There may or may not be a song that has to be recorded. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to discuss that.”
McGregor is a solid choice to take on the role of Cricket and he’s going to be great! When previously talking about the film and the story, Del Toro said, “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
He previously shared that the film is not going to be a family-friendly version of the story. The filmmaker also discussed his Pinocchio film and compared it to Frankenstein: and described it as a “brutalist fable.”
“To me, Pinocchio, very much like Frankenstein, is a blank canvas in which learning the curve of what the world is and what being human is are very attractive to do as a story. I’m very attracted to it because, thematically — and I don’t want to spoil what the movie’s about — it’s about something that is in all of my movies, which is choice. That’s a theme that is very dear to my heart. I think [earlier versions of] the story, and Collodi’s in particular, are very repressive. It’s essentially a very brutalist fable about what a sin disobedience is. And I think disobedience is the beginning of the will, and the beginning of choice. … I think there’s something that’s very attractive about seeing disobedience as a virtue, or as the beginning of a virtue.”
He also described the character of Pinocchio saying, “He’s a creature that is created through unnatural means from a father that he then distances [himself] from, and has to learn about failure and pain and loneliness.”
Pinocchio is expected to be released on Netflix sometime in 2021.