The one thing you can usually count on with a Disney movie is that it will almost certainly make you feel better about the world.
That’s not to say that they don’t deal with a heavy subject or that they’re lighthearted and light-hearted all the time, but there’s always a payoff at the end.
I mean,The Lion King It just wouldn’t work if Mufasa wasn’t brutally murdered by his brother Scar, right?
There has to be some kind of pain or adversity to overcome in order for the story to be a success.
But one of Disney’s classic movies has been reimagined for Netflix, and viewers say it’s darker than they might have expected.
You can watch the trailer below:
This time, the story is set in the 1930s during the rise of fascism in Benito Mussolini’s Italy.
The synopsis reads: “Based on the classic tale by Carlo Collodi, this stop motion musical follows the extraordinary journey of a wooden boy who is magically brought to life by a father’s wish.
“Set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s pinocchio is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.”
Ever since it landed on the streaming site, fans have been raving about it.
But they have also noticed that it really was not what they expected.
“I never knew that the story of Pinocchio could be so dark,” said one viewer. “I haven’t shed tears like that since the king woman.
“Disney should watch the Netflix version and be ashamed of themselves.”
Another commented: “Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ¡¡¡ pinocchio on Netflix… PURE GENIUS!! Amazing stop motion, his version of the story, some great life lessons too.
“Dark in places, but totally fits the movie. A must see to appreciate how brilliant it is. Thank you.”
“We have seen that of Guillermo del Toro pinocchio today,” put a third. “It’s a dark and very emotional version of the story. I really enjoyed it, it’s nice to stop and do nothing.”
While someone else added: “Airing right now on @netflix it’s #PINOCCHIO from @RealGDT and you MUST SEE IT! Absolutely brilliant and full of heart, maturity and incredible imagination! I was absolutely blown away! A masterpiece, the only one to beat ANIMATED FEATURE FILM and deserves to be nominated for BEST FILM.”
pinocchio is available to watch on Netflix now.