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Guillermo Del Toro taking Pinocchio to a dark place

02.17.2011

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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6:32PM on 02/18/2011

Dark Dark Lies!

I Love animation like this its real you know. Stop motion is a great way to shoot this. I really look forward to see Del Toro tackle this.
I Love animation like this its real you know. Stop motion is a great way to shoot this. I really look forward to see Del Toro tackle this.
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12:31PM on 02/18/2011
It's Guillermo del Toro... if it happens I'll be first in line.
It's Guillermo del Toro... if it happens I'll be first in line.
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9:15AM on 02/18/2011
How about having Megan Fox sit on my face while I tell lies
How about having Megan Fox sit on my face while I tell lies
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2:58AM on 02/18/2011

I say...

hell yes!!! Spielberg already did the modern and touching family version, lets see another perspective.
hell yes!!! Spielberg already did the modern and touching family version, lets see another perspective.
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9:37PM on 02/17/2011
YES
YES
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9:26PM on 02/17/2011
This has Epic written all over it! now I have two stop motion films to look foward to, Burton's Frankenweenie and now Del Toro's Pinoccio, looks like stop-motion is coming back!
This has Epic written all over it! now I have two stop motion films to look foward to, Burton's Frankenweenie and now Del Toro's Pinoccio, looks like stop-motion is coming back!
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7:00PM on 02/17/2011

sigh...

He's taking Pinocchio to a dark place.. wooohhhhooooo... Why not come up with something original..? Besides, isn't this more up Tim Burton's alley? 'Johnny Depp for Pinocchio!' *SIGH*
He's taking Pinocchio to a dark place.. wooohhhhooooo... Why not come up with something original..? Besides, isn't this more up Tim Burton's alley? 'Johnny Depp for Pinocchio!' *SIGH*
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5:50PM on 02/17/2011
Wake me when I see an actual trailer to any of GDT's "ongoing projects".
Wake me when I see an actual trailer to any of GDT's "ongoing projects".
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4:46PM on 02/17/2011
I love Guillermo, so I do have some interest in this. However, didn't we already get a dark Pinocchio movie starring Drew Carey??
I love Guillermo, so I do have some interest in this. However, didn't we already get a dark Pinocchio movie starring Drew Carey??
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5:42PM on 02/17/2011
How can you say "dark" and "Drew Carey" in the same sentence? ;)
How can you say "dark" and "Drew Carey" in the same sentence? ;)
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4:27PM on 02/17/2011

GDT is the man!

GDT Interview: He said, “Seriously, I’ve been in preproduction between ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Madness’ for two and a half years.” He could handle “only so much foreplay.”
Studios actually have to green light these movies people! The guys is working on multiple films for a reason. He's been to several meetings with Universal pitching ATMOM, but it hasn't been green light yet. So why not develop these other projects until ATMOM (which is the movie he wants to do next) is official???
GDT Interview: He said, “Seriously, I’ve been in preproduction between ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Madness’ for two and a half years.” He could handle “only so much foreplay.”
Studios actually have to green light these movies people! The guys is working on multiple films for a reason. He's been to several meetings with Universal pitching ATMOM, but it hasn't been green light yet. So why not develop these other projects until ATMOM (which is the movie he wants to do next) is official???
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2:57PM on 02/17/2011
Del Toro makes some awesome movies and everything, but come on man, finish one thing before you take on even more already! There's like a 100 things he's attached to and most sound great, but there's so much that we actually haven't seen anything from the guy since Hellboy 2 and that was almost 3 years ago.
Del Toro makes some awesome movies and everything, but come on man, finish one thing before you take on even more already! There's like a 100 things he's attached to and most sound great, but there's so much that we actually haven't seen anything from the guy since Hellboy 2 and that was almost 3 years ago.
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2:56PM on 02/17/2011

I dig it

Especially since this is all based from Gris Grimly's drawings
Especially since this is all based from Gris Grimly's drawings
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2:35PM on 02/17/2011

One thing at a time

I love Del Toro but man get organized. He has like ten projects going on right now. We see all these cool reports and then we never see anything from him. I want to see Mountains of Madness, Frankenstein and Hellboy 3 and then he can do his Haunted Mansion and Pinnochio stuff.
I love Del Toro but man get organized. He has like ten projects going on right now. We see all these cool reports and then we never see anything from him. I want to see Mountains of Madness, Frankenstein and Hellboy 3 and then he can do his Haunted Mansion and Pinnochio stuff.
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2:28PM on 02/17/2011

Del Toro needs to focus on one project at a time.

It seems like he's incessantly going through preproduction for a thousand of interesting projects but they don't get to the actual filming stages. Before adding another project to his plate he should finish Frankenstein and Mountains of Madness.
It seems like he's incessantly going through preproduction for a thousand of interesting projects but they don't get to the actual filming stages. Before adding another project to his plate he should finish Frankenstein and Mountains of Madness.
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2:26PM on 02/17/2011
You guys really overrate Del Toro...
You guys really overrate Del Toro...
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2:21PM on 02/17/2011
Considering the people involved, this should turn out wonderfully. Very excite!
Considering the people involved, this should turn out wonderfully. Very excite!
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2:18PM on 02/17/2011
Sounds cool enough. I read the book way back in the day. Pinnochio talks to a cricket for maybe a few minutes before smashing it against the wall when he doesn't care for its opinion. I remember thinking, "wow, Disney really changed this around!" And am I the only one sick of only actually seeing 1 DelToro project for every 200 that you read he's involved with?
Sounds cool enough. I read the book way back in the day. Pinnochio talks to a cricket for maybe a few minutes before smashing it against the wall when he doesn't care for its opinion. I remember thinking, "wow, Disney really changed this around!" And am I the only one sick of only actually seeing 1 DelToro project for every 200 that you read he's involved with?
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2:03PM on 02/17/2011
I love Del Toro and this sounds awesome! But, I agree with Zilla5150, Mountains of Madness first!
I love Del Toro and this sounds awesome! But, I agree with Zilla5150, Mountains of Madness first!
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1:55PM on 02/17/2011
Del Toro is awesome.
Del Toro is awesome.
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1:24PM on 02/17/2011
Sounds creepy-cool....i just want him to do the Lovecraft film first!
Sounds creepy-cool....i just want him to do the Lovecraft film first!
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