A wooden puppet stands in a doorway. In front of him is a creature resembling a Chimera.Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (or simply Pinocchio) is a 2022 stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, with a screenplay by del Toro and Patrick McHale from a story by del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Loosely based on the 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, and strongly influenced by Gris Grimly’s illustrations for a 2002 edition of the book. The book reimagined the story of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who comes to life as the son of his carver Geppetto. Two years ago, Pinocchio was re-created by Matteo Garrone and earned three Oscar nominations. I was curious to compare the two creations.  I thought this version was great, as was the last creation so no comparison except a slight deviation in the story.

Pinocchio starts in Italy during World War I.  Master Geppetto (voice: David Bradley), who is a…

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