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Guillermo Del Toro will direct stop-motion Pinocchio for Netflix
Guillermo Del Toro will direct stop-motion Pinocchio for Netflix
It has been talking about it for at least a decade with the first images released in 2011. A very interesting project led by a director and producer Guillermo Del Toro, whose production seems to be on track.
Academy Award and many other awards-winning filmmaker Del Toro, author, director and producer never hide his passion for the Italian tale Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

The locations, the post-war period and the fantastic elements blend perfectly with the stories of Del Toro, who is now preparing to make his debut even in the world of animated films with this production.

The first informations talk about a stop-motion musical set in 1930s Italy. A film written by Patrick McHale (Over the GArden Wall, Adventure Time), co-direct by Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and with the character design produced by illustrator Gris Grimly.

"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," said del Toro. "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."

Produced along with The Jim Henson Company, with the stop-motion animations produced by ShadowMachine, Netflix expects production on Pinocchio to begin this fall, with a budget of $30/35 millions.

Here some Grimly's illustrations:

[ Fra - source AnimationMagazine ]
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