Guillermo del Toro Slams Emergence of AI Art: 'An Insult to Life Itself'

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AI-generated work has seen a massive increase in online presence over the last couple of weeks. Now, if you've been surfing social media and other websites, chances are you've already encountered eerily realistic pieces of artwork done with some help from artificial intelligence magic. Just recently, AI images depicting both Marvel and Star Wars as theatrical creations from director Wes Anderson have surfaced online, and to say that it piqued the interest of fans is an understatement.

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Now, despite the fact that a lot of people are growing extremely fascinated by the ongoing technological trend, renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is criticizing the sudden emergence of AI-generated artwork, a sentiment that his colleagues in the industry have previously shared.

Speaking with Decider about making his stop-motion Pinocchio film, del Toro explained his love of art and how he's always seen it as "an expression of the soul". When the interviewer compared Guillermo's grueling stop-motion process to the less-complicated technique of using AI, the director lambasted the ongoing trend.

Berating AI-generated imagery, the director, responsible for visually stunning films such as Blade II, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim said: "I think that art is an expression of the soul. At its best, it is encompassing everything you are. Therefore, I consume, and love, art made by humans. I am completely moved by that. I am not interested in an illustration made by machines and the extrapolation of information."

Guillermo would then echo the recent statement of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, adding: "I would think it, as [Hayao] Miyazaki says, 'an insult to life itself.'"

Also Read: Where to Watch and Stream Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Free Online

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro's reimagined take on Pinocchio is available to stream on Netflix.