LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Director Guillermo del Toro poses with a small replica of Pinocchio during the "Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio" world premiere during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images for BFI)
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Guillermo Del Toro Wants Pinocchio To Inspire Two Important Conversations
Guillermo del Toro's "Pinocchio" is set in Italy during the rise of fascism circa World War II, and it's a much darker take on the material than audiences have seen before. While some children may find this "Pinocchio" to be too much to bear, del Toro believes that a more mature story opens up the door for two important conversations.
The director told The Wrap that the film champions animation as a tool without rules: "That is something that animation has to claim for itself: the right to be a medium and not a genre." He also defended darker themes in family friendly films, which could prompt parents to have necessary conversations about life and death with their children.
Del Toro is pleased with the film’s reception, sharing, "I feel extremely happy to say that the many times we have seen it with an audience, kids seem to react with great curiosity and love. I think this movie is full of truth and love and forgiveness. There are more dangerous things in shampoo commercials than in this film. We're speaking our truth and showing a beautiful story."