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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio decimates Disney’s Live-Action Remake Rotten Tomatoes score

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is racking up significantly higher critic and viewership scores for Rotten Tomatoes than Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake.


Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro just decimated Disney live-action Pinocchio the Rotten Tomatoes score of the remake.


At the time of this writing, Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro holds a certified freshness rating, with a tomatometer score of 95% based on 60 professional reviews. In contrast, Disney Pinocchio currently has a Rotten rating, with a Tomatometer score of 28% from 178 reviews. Audiences also seem to share critics’ preference for del Toro’s version of Carlo Collodi’s classic Italian novel. The Netflix version of Pinocchio has an audience score of 87% compared to 29% for the live-action Disney+ remake.

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Notice for Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro praised the stop-motion animated film’s quirky spin on its source material. Its visuals also garnered positive mentions, as did del Toro’s apparent willingness to respect the intelligence of young viewers. Review of Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro primarily focused on del Toro and co-screenwriter Patrick McHale’s decision to shift the story’s setting to 1930s Fascist Italy. Pinocchiowhich is based on the classic 1940 animated feature of the same name, was more lukewarm, as many critics disliked what they perceived as an overly familiar take on its source material.


Guillermo del Toro champion of stop motion animation

For his part, del Toro recently said he hopes the overwhelmingly positive response to his Pinocchio the adaptation will spark a resurgence in stop-motion animation projects. del Toro also discussed the traditionalist mindset he and co-director Mark Gustafson brought to the production. He explained that the project eschews digital effects as much as possible to ensure greater authenticity and bucks the trend of “coding animation in ‘cool’ language” within the industry. “I wanted to give the animation commands back to the animators, and deal [the animators] as actors,” del Toro said.

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This extended to how animators are credited on Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro. Unlike other productions, the film lists its animation team members alongside its voice performers. del Toro recently tweeted that this was done to highlight both parties’ equal contribution in bringing the film’s characters to life. The Oscar-winning filmmaker also confirmed that the puppets used in the making of Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro will accompany him on the press tour for the Netflix film, along with creative puppet supervisor Georgina Hayns. del Toro said the presence of both Hayns and the puppets would help “showcase the artistry” behind Pinocchio by Guillermo del Torostop motion animation.

Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro is currently in cinemas, ahead of its streaming debut on Netflix on December 9, 2022. Disney’s Pinocchio remake is now streaming on Disney+.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes 1, 2