Every few years, we get a new version of Pinocchio. Walt Disney was responsible for the best-known version. And then there were a few live action versions that were made in Europe in the 50s and 60s. There was a pornographic version in the 70s that featured the immortal tag line, “This time, it isn’t his nose that grows!” If I remember correctly, there were a few made-for-television versions. Roberto Begnini did a version that I’ve never seen but many people have told me that it’s terrifying.
Well, it’s 2022 and that means that were due a new version. This time, it’s Guillermo del Toro’s turn to bring the tale of a wooden boy to life. His animated version will be released on Netflix in December and, given how much the Oscars have recently embraced del Toro, it seems likely that it will be a contender for Best Animated Feature Film. That’s fine, by me. I like del Toro. Of the latest crop of Best Picture nominees, Nightmare Alley is the one that has really stuck with me. Certainly, it’s stuck with me more than whatever it was that actually won.
(Seriously, what did win?)
Here’s the trailer for Pinocchio!