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Artwork from Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio is here to enchant and unsettle you

Jun. 7, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio art 3 slice

We've been hearing about Guillermo Del Toro's adaptation of Pinocchio for over three years now, though his responsibilities on the stop-motion production have expanded in the interim from co-writer and executive producer to include co-director as well.  Now officially titled GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO, the 3D stop-motion production is being produced by The Jim Henson Company and is based on the gorgeously creepy book by Gris Grimley.  Del Toro co-wrote with Matthew Robbins (DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK), will co-direct with Mark Gustafson (THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX), and together they all will no doubt co-knock our socks off.  Production is scheduled right now to begin in the summer of 2013.

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio art 1

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Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio art 3

"Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio is a retelling of one of the world's best-loved tales. The puppet Pinocchio embarks on a series of extraordinary and thrilling adventures, proving himself to be as indestructible as his love for his father."  I've always found Pinoccio's story extremely frightening and disturbing, perhaps because of it makes me feel so helpless as Pinocchio is taken advantage of, and so I've always steered clear.  But the whole point of horror films is to face what scares us, and what better guide can there be than Del Toro?

Superfancycoolbonusthing: "Veteran rock musician and film composer Nick Cave will serve as music consultant for the production."  Nick Cave has proven himself to be one of the best things to happen to cinema composition, so the creative direction behind this film somehow just became even more fascinating.

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio EW art 1

Extra Tidbit: I vote that Guillermo be given a TV show modeled after "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," with his name in place of Hitchcock's.

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9:30PM on 06/08/2012
Love Del Toro, but is he really a "name" director?
Love Del Toro, but is he really a "name" director?
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4:21PM on 06/08/2012
This doesnt look like stop motion at all!??
This doesnt look like stop motion at all!??
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3:32PM on 06/08/2012

I don't know

That puppet looks like it could kill somebody, isn't it supposed to be imitating a real kid?
That puppet looks like it could kill somebody, isn't it supposed to be imitating a real kid?
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12:16PM on 06/08/2012
Anything Gris comes up with, I'm in
Anything Gris comes up with, I'm in
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11:49AM on 06/08/2012
I had no idea what to expect but I actually like what I see now. It seems to be obvious that the tone will probably be much lighter then some would expect but let's see what happens...
I had no idea what to expect but I actually like what I see now. It seems to be obvious that the tone will probably be much lighter then some would expect but let's see what happens...
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1:12AM on 06/08/2012
I gotta say...that is strikingly spectacular as stop-motion animation. Count me intrigued.
I gotta say...that is strikingly spectacular as stop-motion animation. Count me intrigued.
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11:27PM on 06/07/2012
i was expecting much more freaky
i was expecting much more freaky
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9:15PM on 06/07/2012
I hope Del Toro isn't following Burton's trend of adding his visual style to an existing story, as opposed to giving us original work.
I hope Del Toro isn't following Burton's trend of adding his visual style to an existing story, as opposed to giving us original work.
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7:57PM on 06/07/2012
As for me, this is exactly what I was expecting. Now that I see it, I am digging it more!
As for me, this is exactly what I was expecting. Now that I see it, I am digging it more!
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7:14PM on 06/07/2012

whoa

totally thought this was going to be live action, was not expecting this and now that I see it... meh, not really diggin it at all...
totally thought this was going to be live action, was not expecting this and now that I see it... meh, not really diggin it at all...
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10:37PM on 06/07/2012
yeah, i pictured live action as well. also a little disappointed, but we'll see
yeah, i pictured live action as well. also a little disappointed, but we'll see
6:23AM on 06/08/2012
Yea - I also thought it was going to be live action.
Yea - I also thought it was going to be live action.
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