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Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio: A masterpiece adaptation

  • Fahmid Hassan Prohor
  • 14 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio: A masterpiece adaptation

‘Pinocchio’ is a 2022 animated fantasy film directed by Guillermo Del Torro, based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel of the same name. It is influenced by the illustrations of Gris Grimly from the 2002 edition. ‘Pinocchio’ recently won the Best Animated Feature Film at Golden Globes.

‘Pinocchio’ is the story of a carpenter, Geppetto who lost his son, until his wish to bring a wooden puppet to life that could set a second chance to relive happiness.

In the 1940s, Disney’s iconic Pinocchio was quite faithful to the original story but didn’t have much depth to it. This version talks about the loss of a loved one, a child’s perspective in the corrupted world, a relationship between a father and a child and humanity. This film is more emotionally invested and it reminded me of Khalil Gibran’s ‘Your children are not your children’.

Adaptation is not easy to make but it retains the mean-spirited elements of the original story, and it alters a few elements that make a welcoming change. The cinematography and the stop motion animation are so detailed that it could catch the rustic plus beautiful aura of storytelling.

As it has a runtime of 117 minutes, the first half is more of the build-up of the story and the second half is its action. There are surprising main characters of the story that will keep them symbolically invested. Voice acting is surprisingly beautiful such as David Bradley as Geppetto, Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket and Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. The most heart-touching songs were ‘My Son’ and ‘Ciao Papa’, composed by the masterstroke Alexander Desplat.

This is a feel-good masterpiece that both kids and adults should watch. ‘Pinocchio is available on Netflix.