Pinocchio and his friends have packed their bags and headed for an adventure in Annecy. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio just featured as part of the Netflix animation showcase at Annecy animation festival 2022. Guillermo del Toro took to the stage himself to passionately praise animation as film, and not a genre.
“Animation is not a f—ng genre. Animation is film!”
(Guillermo del Toro)
Variety reported on del Toro’s performance as well as letting us know what was premiered at the festival.
“And then Guillermo del Toro took the stage, receiving a hero’s greeting as he roared, “Animation is not a f—ng genre. Animation is film!” When the cheers died down, he world premiered eight minutes of footage, finished and unfinished, from his stop-motion fable about a wooden boy with a borrowed soul.”
There is also a lovely description of one of the sequences i worked on:
“Even without the full title “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” the film’s artistic voice would be unmistakable. In the first excerpt screened we find Geppetto encountering the newly living Pinocchio for the first time. The characters are unlike any versions we’ve seen prior. The inventor, for one, seems thoroughly soused (or at least terribly hung-over), picking himself off the floor and stumbling across his creaky workshop with bloodshot eyes.”
“Only something is stirring, something is upstairs, and that something announces itself with a fright. As the wooden puppet moves out of the shadows, it does so not with the upright footing of a boy but with the spindly movements of a bug. Newly brought to life, Pinocchio moves at first like a spider, using his arms as two extra legs before (presumably) learning that in order to be a real boy one should aim to be bipedal.”
Screen Daily also reported on Guillermo del Toro’s passionate presentation:
“Del Toro told the audience that “everybody in this room has a particular battle” with animation and that his own desires were “to push the acting” in Pinocchio and “to animate silence, to animate unexpected gestures… to avoid the bullshit of pantomime.”