Throughout the course of his career, Academy Award Winning director Guillermo Del Toro has been inspired by the artistry and age-old story of Pinocchio. For over seventeen years, he has wanted to create a new version of the story, and this weekend, his passion project is now available to stream on Netflix. Over the course of one thousand days, the cast and crew worked tirelessly to create an immersive stop-motion experience involving little puppets and the in depth process of fabrication. Del Toro teamed up with award winning stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson in order to reimagine the classic Carlo Collodi tale, and the result is something complete for it’s seventeen years of anticipation. A cinematic masterpiece that will be timeless through many years.
When we meet Geppetto in Del Toro’s re-imagination, he is devastated over the loss of his beloved son Carlo, spending his days in a drunken stupor to dull his pain. When he decides to channel his pain into art, he creates Pinocchio, a wooden boy with love in his heart. After coming to life, Pinocchio embarks on his own enchanted adventure that transcends worlds and reveals the life-giving power of love. Combined with an incredible cast made up of Finn Wolfhard, Ewan McGregor, Gregory Mann, Tim Blake Nelson, Tilda Swinton and many more, the film is a can’t miss event this holiday season.
We spoke to the briliant cast and crew of Pinocchio at it’s New York Premiere, check out the full conversation below!