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Guillermo Del Toro taking Pinocchio to a dark place

He may have turned over THE HOBBIT to Peter Jackson, but Guillermo Del Toro is keeping busy. Among a slew of projects, his latest has just been revealed by Deadline. He's reportedly working on a 3D stop-motion version of the classic tale of Pinocchio.

He's writing it along with Matthew Robbins, it's scored by Nick Cave and it's being built by CORPSE BRIDE and FANTASTIC MR. FOX animation company McKinnon and Saunders. Del Toro claims the tale is aimed at kids 10 and up, and it's quite a bit darker than the original tale. Here's what he has to say about his version.

“There has to be darkness in any fairy tale or children’s narrative work, something the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney understood,” del Toro said. “We tend to call something Disney-fied, but a lot of people forget how powerfully disturbing the best animated Disney movies are, including those kids being turned into donkeys in Pinocchio. What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Colodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”

For instance: “the Blue Fairy is really a dead girl’s spirit,” del Toro said. “Pinocchio has strange moments of lucid dreaming bordering on hallucinations, with black rabbits. The sperm whale that swallows Pinocchio was actually a giant dogfish, which allows for more classical scale and design. The many mishaps Pinocchio goes through include several near-death close calls, a lot more harrowing moments. The key with this is not making any of it feel gratuitous, because the story is integrated with moments of comedy and beauty. He’s one of the great characters, whose purity and innocence allows him to survive in this bleak landscape of robbers and thugs, emerging from the darkness with his soul intact.”

Jesus Guillermo, I imagine it would be terrifying to walk around inside your brain for a day. But I am intrigued, and this sounds like a cooler version of the story than say, A.I. What, you just realized that comparison now? Stay tuned for more details about Del Toro's Pinocchio as they come to light.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe they can bring back Jonathan Taylor Thomas to do the voice. Is he still alive?
Source: Deadline

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