PINOCCHIO: Guillermo del Toro Discusses His Animated Take

PINOCCHIO: Guillermo del Toro Discusses His Animated Take

Director Guillermo del Toro is hard at work on his stop motion version of Pinocchio. A project near and dear to his heart, he recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly to discuss it. What follows is an excerpt from that interview.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you want to make Pinocchio?
GUILLERMO DEL TORO: In a strange way, two of the stories that fascinate me the most are kind of related, which is Frankenstein and Pinocchio. They are both about creatures that are created and then get lost in a world they don’t understand. And they are both journeys of understanding, and journeys of evolution of the spirit. When we started working on Pinocchio we knew very clearly that we wanted to make it different in the sense that it is not just a fairy tale but a fairy tale that actually moves you and emotionally affects you. It deals with ideas that are relevant to everyone, to all mankind in a way.
What stage are you at with the project?
We have a very solid draft of the screenplay. I’m doing a new pass on the visuals, storyboarding, and doing a new pass on the screenplay.
How would you compare your vision of the Pinocchio tale with that of the Disney version?
Well, the Disney version is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. What I’m going for is a PG-13 — more adolescent, more teenage. I hesitate to say just darker, because it’s not just darker. It is a tale that is adapted to a more complex reality, more complex ethical questions. It’s more a tale for youth than a tale for just kids.
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