Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ Charms Crowd At Emotional World Premiere  – Deadline

An enthusiastic rendition of Happy Birthday echoed through the auditorium at the world premiere of Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio When London audiences were informed, Gregory Mann, the film’s lead voice actor, had just turned 13.

Mann was joined onstage by Del Toro, co-director Mark Gustafson and cast members Cate Blanchett, Christoph Waltz, David Bradley and the film’s composer Alexandre Desplat.

“We’ve been on this journey for about 14, 15 years, which means it’s half my friggin’ career,” del Toro said of the film as he introduced the screening.

The stop-motion flick is Del Toro’s take on the classic fairy tale, about a wooden puppet brought to life to heal the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. The film is a much darker version of the story, set against the backdrop of Benito Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship in Italy.

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Speaking of the film’s tone, Del Toro said the strip was “not a movie for children,” but children can see the film if “their parents talk to them.”

Pinocchio will be released by Netflix in cinemas in November before hitting streamers on December 9th. The film is the first of two upcoming collaborations between del Toro and Netflix. The second, titled Guillermo del Toro’s cabinet of curiositiesis an anthology horror series featuring eight new stories—including two original works by del Toro—brought to life by a team of writers and directors hand-picked by the nightmare alley Filmmakers.

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Speaking about the development of the remake, Del Toro said he worked on the film for many years and many people passed on the project. Only Netflix, he said, is willing to commit to the film.

“Everyone said no until Netflix and Ted Sarandos said yes, and that’s all it takes,” he said.

Later during the introduction, the presenter turned to Christoph Waltz, who plays the evil Count Volpe in the film, and asked him why he decided to be in the film, to which he replied: “Look, it’s easy Guillermo called and we said yes.”

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Del Toro ended the introduction by telling the audience that over 1000 days of shooting had been completed on the film, which was heavily inspired by his recently deceased mother.

“My mother just died. Not only is this the first time you’ve seen the film, but it’s also the first time she’s seen the film,” he said.


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