Variety is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro will co-direct his first animated feature with Mark Gustafson.  The duo will be taking on Pinocchio in a pre-WWII setting.

Several of Del Toro’s movies have taken place in and around the big world changing war, so it doesn’t come as a complete surprise that this project is set in the ’30s and ’40s.  “It was when everyone was behaving like a puppet, except for puppets,” Del Toro told the magazine.

This version is aimed at an audience 10 years and up, and a bit scarier than the Disney film.  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 animated adaptation will be a 3D stop-motion featured produced by the Jim Henson Company.

via Variety and Deadline


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  1. May 10, 2012 at 11:38 am — Reply

    Well the Disney one scares the crap out of me, cannot wait to see what Del Toro can do with it.

  2. TaZ
    May 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    I’d have rather had “Pinocchio: Vampire Killer” done by Del Toro.

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