Academy Award winning Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio stars David Bradley as Geppetto

There are few Doctor Who stars who can claim to have starred in Oscar winning films. But David Bradley, who appeared as the Doctor in The Doctor Falls, Twice Upon a Time, and most recently The Power of the Doctor, is one. Last weekend Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, starring Bradley as Geppetto, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The classic 1883 novel tells the story of a lonely toymaker who carves a wooden son for himself called Pinocchio. It then follows Pinocchio’s quest to become a real boy. Now the new adaptation has recaptured cinema audiences’ imaginations all over again.

Retaining the original Italian setting but transferring the action to the 1940s, del Toro’s vision sees the wooden boy trying to stay out of the hands of Mussolini’s fascist regime while learning the value of friendship and sacrifice for others. The film marks the writer/director’s third Oscar win. David Bradley himself was in attendance for the star studded event. He cutely brought with him the stop motion animation puppet of Geppetto, who looked resplendent in his own miniature tuxedo.

Produced by Netflix, the Oscar winning film is now available on the streaming giant. So subscribers can check out Bradley’s spellbinding performance for themselves.

Next up for Bradley is Good Grief, in which he stars with Luke Evans, Dan Levy, and Ruth Negga in a film of three friends who deal with recent bereavements by departing for a weekend in Paris. Following that he’ll be back in animated territory. He takes over the role of Fowler from the late Benjamin Whitrow in poultry sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life in this stunning stop-motion musical tale.

You can watch Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio now on Netflix


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