The story of “Pinocchio” is coming back in an all-new reimagining of the classic story by esteemed film legend Guillermo del Toro and Netflix has just released a first look at the upcoming stop-motion musical.

The first look was dropped Monday on the official Netflix Twitter account @NetflixFilm. The 41-second clip opens up with the strike of a match by none other than Sebastian J. Cricket, who begins the narrative of the mini trailer. This is the first time we’ve gotten a look at the animation to be featured in the upcoming film. See the trailer below:

This film is Guillermo del Toro’s first animated film ever and will feature the voice of Ewan McGregor, who voices Sebastian J. Cricket. The stop-motion animated movie is created in part by the Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine and is an adaption of Carlo Collodi’s novel about a puppet boy becoming real–like the Disney classic 1940 film, “Pinocchio.”

Other stars to be featured in the movie include David Bradley as Geppetto, Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, and Burn Gorman, with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.

The last time del Toro spoke about the project was at the time of its announcement in 2018, when he discussed his inspiration to take on the project.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy,” said Guillermo del Toro.

The film is set to officially drop on the streaming service in December 2022.

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Sean Sposato