Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro identifies ‘strong’ with Pinocchio

Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro said he had wanted to make his latest film Pinocchio since he was a child because he identified “very strongly” with the character.

is a stop-motion musical animated film based on the story of Carlo Collodi that follows the journey of a wooden boy who is magically brought to life by a puppet maker’s wish.

The film, set during Mussolini’s rise to fascism in Italy, stars newcomer Gregory Mann in the title role alongside Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J Cricket .


Cate Blanchett poses with a Pinocchio character model (Vianney Le Caer/AP)

It also features David Bradley from Harry Potter and James Bond villain Christoph Waltz, as well as Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett.

Arriving at the film’s world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, del Toro told the PA news agency: “I identify very strongly with two characters in literature: the creature Frankenstein and Pinocchio.

“I’ve wanted to do it since I was a kid and this particular incarnation has been with me for about 15 years.

“I wrote it for Tilda (Swinton), I wrote it for David Bradley etc and sometimes life has blessed me to work with people like Cate, meet people like Christoph, and find one. as Gregory, who plays Pinocchio. It’s more luck.

“I’m as happy as I can be with any movie – for me, one of my three favorite movies.”


Christoph Waltz (Vianney Le Caer / AP)

The project marks del Toro’s animator directorial debut and is his first feature film since The Shape Of Water, which won four Academy Awards in 2017, including best director. and the best pictures.

Pan’s Labyrinth won three Academy Awards at the 2007 Academy Awards, including best art direction, while two Hellboy films were box office successes, as was 2013’s sci-fi monster Pacific Rim. .

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The acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer is known for his distinctive style, combining the fascination of fantasy and the supernatural with blockbuster success.

“I think the idea is that Pinocchio is one of 10 or 12 characters in literature that can be transformed by who tells the story and what is told in the story,” he said.

“You can put it into space, the future, and turn it into a metaphor about politics, about family, so it’s extremely malleable.

“This is why I like to call it Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro because what it has is unique – me.”

Finn Wolfhard, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman also have roles in the film.

Waltz, who plays Count Volpe in the upcoming cartoon, told PA: “Guillermo has an angle, he has a very specific angle and I like him as a human being. So why not play together?

“You always have limitations, whether it’s an audio studio or a big movie set, there are always going to be things that are bound to throw you.

“We understand each other, I think I know what he’s looking for, so I can give, which makes me happy.”


Gregory Mann as Pinocchio (Scott Garfitt/AP)

Mann, who stars in Pinocchio, told PA that being at the film’s world premiere on his 13th birthday was the “most incredible day” of his life.

Speaking of working with del Toro, he added: “Working with Guillermo, it was incredible.

“The way he does everything, I find it unbelievable. He gave me the right techniques to see a line in a different way and really bring out the best energy that Pinocchio wanted.

“As for the vocals, obviously at some point I had to hit the pitch, so twice a week for about two months I had to practice with a voice coach at Palladium.”

The series will be released on Netflix in the UK on December 9.

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