Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (or simply Pinocchio) is a 2022 stop-motion animated musical fantasy film directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson (in his feature directorial debut), based on a story by del Toro and Matthew Robbins.
Based on Gris Grimly’s design from his 2002 edition of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, it reimagines the story as “a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations, learning the true meaning of life” in 1930s Fascist Italy.
Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman, John Turturro, Finn Wolfhard, b Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton lend their voices to the film.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio Ending Explained (in Detail)
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has finally premiered on Netflix, and the stop-motion animation’s ending sees Pinocchio leaving his village to embark on a new adventure.
This Pinocchio adaptation, based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel, brings the title character to life in vivid detail, exploring a new story for the beloved wooden puppet.
The stop-motion animated musical, directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson, concludes with Sebastian J. Cricket using his wish to bring Pinocchio back to life, which the Wood Sprite grants before disappearing.
Geppetto finally accepts the wooden puppet for who he is after grieving Carlo for so long and being so angry that Pinocchio isn’t his real son, and they live out their days together — until Geppetto, Spazzatura, and Cricket die and Pinocchio is left alone in the world.
Though there is plenty to explore in this animated feature, Pinocchio’s ending brings its various themes and story elements together.
Why Sebastian J. Cricket Uses His Wish on Pinocchio, Not Carlo
Interestingly, Cricket could have asked to bring Carlo back, but he didn’t because, while the creature knew Geppetto was heartbroken over the loss of his biological son, Sebastian wanted Pinocchio to have another chance at life after such a brief one.
Furthermore, Sebastian was emotionally attached to Pinocchio and witnessed firsthand how much he had grown and changed in such a short period of time. Sebastian J. Cricket was moved by the bravery and honor displayed by the wooden puppet in order to save Geppetto.
Furthermore, Geppetto was finally accepting Pinocchio as his son, and Sebastian Cricket felt they should have more time to experience their father/son relationship.
Where Does Pinocchio Go at the End of the Movie?
Pinocchio got to travel in a short amount of time, but he didn’t get to see the world on his own terms. With that said, it’s possible that Pinocchio left his small village to return to the regions of Italy he visited while working for Count Volpe.
Sebastian J. Cricket mentioned the “world” embracing Pinocchio, so it’s possible the wooden puppet traveled globally — from larger cities in Italy to other parts of the European continent and the world.
With the way Pinocchio ends, there is a sense of endless possibilities for the titular character, and he is free to roam wherever he pleases, however far that may be.