Guillermo del Toro has essentially founded his career on the Pinocchio parable, having directed a handful of films about creatures and critters who dream only of being human (talk about a Monkey’s Paw wish). So it’s only reasonable that now, del Toro is at last taking on the life and times of the Italian puppet proper. For his first project since nabbing the gold withÂ The Shape of Water, del Toro will helm a stop-motion adaptation of the Pinocchio story for Netflix, asÂ DeadlineÂ reportedÂ on Monday morning. But that’s only one piece of this exciting puzzle.Co-directing alongside del Toro will be Mark Gustafson, who served as animation director for Wes Anderson’sÂ Fantastic Mr. Fox. Additionally, del Toro has enlisted another scribe with a knack for creepy fairy tales to help him write the project: Patrick McHale, a veteran ofÂ Adventure Time andÂ The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, but more importantly, the creator of the glorious (and spooky!) animated miniseriesÂ Over the Garden Wall.
via GIPHYMore than worth the watch (especially in the lead-up to Halloween!), Over the Garden WallÂ borrows elements fromÂ Pinocchio-era Disney, including one or two fromÂ Pinocchio itself. What’s more, it features some fantastic musical numbers, which is a good sign for this next venture because del Toro’sÂ Pinocchio will indeed be a musical.As you might imagine, del Toro’s take on Pinocchio will lean gleefully into the darker elements of the taleâ€”and if you’ve seen Disney’s 1940 animated feature, you know there is darkness aplenty. (If youÂ haven’t, or if it’s been a while, our latestÂ Animation InvestigationÂ will remind you thatÂ PinocchioÂ is one freaky excuse for a children’s movie.)Â Much likeÂ The Shape of WaterÂ melded fantastical elements with the sinister contexts of the political backdrop of its era (1960s Washington DC), so willÂ Pinocchio blend its own fairy tale with the setting of 1930s Italy.What do you think of Guillermo del Toro’s 1930s-Italy-setÂ stop-motionÂ musicalÂ Pinocchio? Let us know!