In this section of our Colossus Movie Guide for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, we will discuss the meaning behind the movie’s title.
Why is the movie called Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio?
The original book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi came out in 1883. Since then, there have been nearly two dozen film adaptations. The most popular of which is Disney’s animated Pinocchio from 1940. While there are some fun names and concepts like Pinocchio in Outer Space and Pinocchio 3000, most of these films are simply called Pinocchio. Including ones from 2019 and 2022.
So the title Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is pretty necessary, as it clearly differentiates this version from the rest. del Toro has also become one of the most well-known filmmakers of this era. His name is associated with thoughtful fantasy films that are visually impressive and tend to have a hint of noir about them. His brand is enough to sell this version of Pinocchio as something unique from the rest. It intimates this will be a darker, more haunting version of events. So instead of getting a blonde-hair, blue-eyed fairy like in the Disney version, we have a scary-yet-sweet wood sprite. That stylistic difference is pure del Toro and the reason why the movie is titled how it is.
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