Ewan McGregor has revealed that he will voice Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro‘s stop-motion animated film Pinocchio. McGregor revealed in a recent interview with ACE Universe (via Fandom) that he had already recorded the first part of the dialogue before the coronavirus outbreak stop productions. The actor also revealed that there “may or may not be a song that has to be recorded.”
I’m playing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pinocchio. That I had started working on before I left for New York, so some of that is recorded. And of course, it’s a stop-motion animated so it’s going to take them a great long time to make that film. But my first part, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done. There may or may not be a song that has to be recorded. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to discuss that.
Del Toro’s animated Pinocchio is unrelated to the 1940 Disney Pinocchio film. Netflix’s version directed by Del Toro will be less family-friendly with an approach inspired by Frankenstein. In the original story first published by Carlo Collodi in 1881, Pinocchio was executed. His enemies, the Fox and the Cat hang him from the branch of an oak tree. However, Jiminy Cricket (Italian: Grillo Parlante) only made his first appearance in 1883 children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi where the puppet get turned to boy by the fairy and live happily ever after with his dad. This means Del Toro’s version of the film could mix elements from both books.
Jiminy Cricket has been voiced by different actors. Joe Ochman is the current voice of Jiminy. He took over the role beginning with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix‘s installment of Kingdom Hearts: Recoded, and he has been the voice of Jiminy since 2014. Raphael Sbarge voiced portrayed the character in Once Upon a Time.
- Ewan McGregor as Jiminy Cricket
- Ron Perlman as Mangiafuoco
- Tilda Swinton as The Fairy with Turquoise Hair
- Christoph Waltz as The Talking Cricket
- David Bradley as Mister Geppetto
A dark, twisted retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairytale about a wooden puppet who comes to life and dreams of becoming a real boy takes place in 1930s Fascist Italy. When Pinocchio comes to life, he turns out not to be a nice boy, causing mischief and playing mean tricks. He eventually learns a few lessons.
Del Toro is co-directing with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson, from a screenplay by del Toro, Gris Grimly, Patrick McHale, and Matthew Robbins and a story by del Toro and Robbins. The film will be based on Gris Grimly’s design from his 2002 edition of 1883 The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Netflix’s Pinocchio stop-motion animated film is schedule to premiere in 2021.