Well, Guillermo del Toro loves his monsters, so it should come as no surprise that he’s comparing his upcoming stop-motion animated adaptation of Pinocchio to Frankenstein, though of course you could say that the real monster in that is really creator, not creation. Anyway, in a recent interview about the forthcoming Netflix project being developed with The Jim Henson Company, del Toro discussed his vision for Pinocchio and how it hits close to his love for Mary Shelley’s classic story:
“To me, Pinocchio, very much like Frankenstein, is a blank canvas in which learning the curve of what the world is and what being human is are very attractive to do as a story. I’m very attracted to it because, thematically — and I don’t want to spoil what the movie’s about — it’s about something that is in all of my movies, which is choice. That’s a theme that is very dear to my heart. I think earlier versions of the story, and Collodi’s in particular, are very repressive. It’s essentially a very brutalist fable about what a sin disobedience is. And I think disobedience is the beginning of the will, and the beginning of choice. … I think there’s something that’s very attractive about seeing disobedience as a virtue, or as the beginning of a virtue.”
Guillermo del Toro has previously said that this version of Pinocchio will not be family friendly [though the 1940 Disney version was pretty nightmarish in places for supposedly a kid’s cartoon], so, even though I’m one of the few who didn’t like The Shape Of Water much, this should at the very least result in a very interesting and certainly visually compelling project.
Pinocchio is expected on Netflix sometime in 2021.