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Netflix announces Pinocchio, an animated film directed by Guillermo del Toro



Netflix announces Pinocchio, an animated film directed by Guillermo del Toro

Netflix announced today that Guillermo Del Toro will direct Pinocchio, a stop motion musical that will re-propose the history of the puppet according to …

Netflix announced today that Guillermo Del Toro will direct Pinocchio, a stop motion musical that will re-propose the story of the puppet according to the vision of the director, who will also sign the script and production.

“Pinocchio” is a production of Guillermo del ToroThe Jim Henson Company (“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”) e ShadowMachine (“Bojack Horseman,” “The Shivering Truth”), which will host the stop motion animated production. Along with del Toro, the film will be produced by Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar. Blanca Lista will be co-producer. Patrick McHale (“Over The Garden Wall,” “Adventure Time”) will co-write the script with del Toro. Mark Gustafson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”) will direct with del Toro, while Guy Davis will be co-production designer, building on illustrator Gris Grimly’s original conception of the character of Pinocchio. The puppets in the film will be made by Mackinnon And Saunders (“The Corpse Bride”). The start of the “Pinocchio” production is scheduled for this autumn.

Guillermo del Toro commented:

No art form has influenced my life and my work as much as animation and no character has had a deep connection with me like Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an indifferent father who gets lost in a world he cannot understand. Our protagonist embarks on an extraordinary journey that will lead him to a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve always wanted to make this film. I am extremely grateful to Netflix and their exceptional team for this one-of-a-kind opportunity, which will allow me to present my own version of this strange puppet to audiences around the world.

Melissa Cobb, Netflix Kids and Family Vice President, added:

Throughout his illustrious career, Guillermo has demonstrated his mastery of inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable characters, from the monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic beast of “The Shape of Water”. We are incredibly excited to further deepen our relationship with Guillermo and are confident that his deeply moving personal artistic vision will bring to life a new version of Pinocchio, which will be welcomed by audiences around the world.