Guillermo del Toro to Make Animated Feature Film Directorial Debut with Pinocchio

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will make his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with a project that has been his lifelong passion: Pinocchio.  Del Toro will also write and produce this film, which will be a stop motion musical. This will be del Toro’s first feature film since The Shape of Water, which won four Academy Awards, including for Best Director and Best Picture.

Guillermo del Toro (Margaret Malandruccolo MMFOTO, Inc. ©2013)

Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. In his version of the story, Pinocchio is an innocent with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend.

“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,” says del Toro. “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.”

Pinocchio continues the relationship between Netflix and the director, who not only created the Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ Trollhunters, but created the upcoming Netflix series Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.

Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal), and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman, The Shivering Truth), which will house the stop-motion animation production. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride). Netflix expects production on Pinocchio to begin this fall.

Have you seen the Disney version of the animated classic Pinocchio? Catch up before this new stop-motion film debuts!



Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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