For years, the story of Pinocchio has always been considered a fairy tale, what with a puppet magically coming to life and wanting to be a real boy. Guillermo del Toro is set to make an animated take on the story for Netflix, and he confirms that his story won't be one for the whole family to enjoy.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro talks about his film that will be taking place in 1930s Italy. Del Toro explain, "It's not a Pinocchio for all the family," When asked if it would be a political film, del Toro also replies with, "Of course. Pinocchio during the rise of Mussolini, do the math. A puppet during the rise of fascism, yes, it is."
Though the most popular iteration of the character is the Disney version who ‘has no strings to hold him down,' del Toro's film is said to be drawing inspiration from the look of Gris Grimly's design. Add to that the same studio that made Corpse Bride, and you could be looking at one interesting retelling of the classic fairytale.
After del Toro absolutely dominated with The Shape of Water last year, everyone is on the edge of their seat waiting to see what he does next. It's worth noting that Pinocchio will be del Toro's first jab at an animated feature, and though it's kind of a shame that we won't get a big screen release, I think del Toro is just more interested in being able to tell the story if not at all.
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio has no set release date.