An Inside Joke From Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Became ‘Nerve Wracking’ To Young Actor Gregory Mann

After landing an inside joke with Guillermo del Toro during the production of Pinocchio, star Gregory Mann admits there’s a slightly nerve wracking side to the gag.

Finn Wolfhard & Gregory Mann Talk Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and Difficult Aspects of Voice-Over

For a production that began well over a decade ago, the long-awaited release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is just as exciting for its young cast members as it is for fans. Having been only 10 at the time he was cast, newcomer Gregory Mann and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard provide the voices for the titular Pinocchio and his friend Candlewick, respectively, and were just as thrilled to see the final product as viewers.

Del Toro’s vision for Pinocchio explores the political climate of 1930s Italy, during an authoritarian regime, as well as tender interpersonal relationships between father and son, and highlights the value of disobedience. Through complex stop-motion animation, the story is infused with the fantastical elements del Toro fans have come to expect from the director, as well as through a cast of impressive vocal talent. In addition to Mann and Wolfhard, Pinocchio stars Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Ron Perlman, and Cate Blanchett.

Pinocchio is now showing in limited theaters, as well as streaming exclusively on Netflix, and Collider’s Steve Weintraub was able to sit down with Mann and Wolfhard to talk about this masterpiece they helped bring to life so many years ago. During their interview, the actors shared what it’s like coming to the realization that they played a part in a del Toro film, and reveal which elements of the animation still blows their mind. They also let us in on some of the more difficult aspects of voice-over acting, and Wolfhard discusses his directorial debut, Hell of a Summer, with Billy Bryk, and what phase of production they’re at. Exciting news about the fnaf movie adaptation at

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The Voices Behind Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio

Guillermo Del Toro really takes his stop-motion Pinocchio movie and gives it a dark twist! He doesn’t shy away from some of the disturbing undertones that Disney often omits from its fairy tales. Guillermo Del Toro has been in the process of bringing this film to life for years, so we know it has to be incredible. For this video, we’ll be getting into all of the voices behind these stellar characters. We’ve got major stars that are more notably known for their on-screen performances versus their voice acting. For example, rising star Gregory Mann who was only nine years old when accepting the role of Pinocchio, steps into the voice-acting booth for the first time. We also have Finn Wolfhard, who we all know from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” but is no stranger to voicing animated characters. You might have also heard his voice in “The Adams Family” animated film. We’ve also got major actors like John Turturro who has been in more Spike Lee movies than any other actor! Most of these people are huge fans of Guillermo Del Toro’s work and couldn’t help but drop everything they were doing to hop on this passion project of his. Take Cate Blanchett for instance – Guillermo Del Toro found her to fit perfectly as his character of the monkey, Spazzatura, because he describes her as a ‘cheeky twelve-year-old boy.’ Did you recognize any of these big stars when you first watched the film? Let us know in the comments who your favorite character is!


00:00 Intro
00:14 Gregory Mann
01:00 Finn Wolfhard
01:32 Christoph Waltz
02:00 Ewan McGregor
02:31 Cate Blanchett
03:12 Ron Perlman
03:49 David Bradley
04:52 Tilda Swinton
05:26 Tim Blake Nelson
06:15 John Turturro
06:44 Burn Gorman
07:08 Francesca Fanti
07:50 Outro

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