Bugspotting: Ewan McGregor Confirmed As Cricket In Del Toro’s Pinocchio

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Although it’s been known for some time that Ewan McGregor was voicing a part (along with Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, and Ron Perlman) in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming dark, animated version of Pinocchio, his exact role has been only a matter of speculation, until now.

In an ACE Comic-Con video interview, he not only revealed that he was playing “Jiminy Cricket” (likely to be named The Talking Cricket in this non-Disney, Netflix production), he also said that he’s pretty much finished recording his dialogue section in the stop-motion animated musical:

“I had started working on that before I left for New York. So some of that is recorded...   There may or may not be a song that needs to be recorded. I’m not sure if I’m at liberty to discuss that.”

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio had been in development-Hell for nearly a decade before it was acquired (and given a hefty $35 million budget-injection) by Netflix in 2018.
He has called it his “passion project” about fathers and sons, and it’s supposedly set in Italy of the 1930’s while under Fascist rule.
The look of the film and characters was based on Gris Grimly’s illustrations for a 2002 edition of the 1883 Carlos Collodi book The Adventures of Pinocchio (Grimly himself was originally attached to direct the film).

Disney studios is also in preproduction for their own Pinocchio project, a live-action film (presumably with all of the bells and whistles of copyrighted songs/characters) with Robert Zemeckis set to direct.

The Netflix release will apparently be in 2021, but as far as an exact streaming date...   no one nose.