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Guillermo Del Toro and Henson Co. plot stop-motion Pinocchio

Pan's Labyrinth

Story by Jack Foley

GUILLERMO Del Toro and The Jim Henson Co. are plotting to bring a stop-motion version of Pinocchio to the big screen.

The partnership announced on Thursday that Pathe has come on board to help develop and produce the 3D project with production now scheduled to commence later this year.

Reviving the classic fairytale has been a long-held ambition of Del Toro’s, who first talked about the idea in 2008.

Back then, he also revealed that he was working with Gris Grimly, who illustrated a 2002 version of Pinocchio, with a view to allowing him and Adam Parrish King to co-direct.

Grimly will now co-direct with Mark Gustafson, the animation director on Wes Anderson’s hit, The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Promising a darker look at the Pinocchio story, Del Toro told Variety: “I believe that our tale of Pinocchio recaptures the darker, more daunting aspects of the book that have been missing from previous film incarnations and takes advantage of all the allegorical aspects of the tale.”

Prior to being immortalised in the Walt Disney feature of 1940, Pinocchio first appeared in the 19th century book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

In Del Toro’s version, Pinocchio will embark on a series of adventures while remaining fiercely devoted to loving his creator/father.

Elaborating still furher on what lies ahead, Lisa Henson said: “Stop motion animation will be a new style of telling this well-known tale, a hand-crafted style with which we were eager to work since it requires a high level of artistry and craftsmanship that is similar to the work of The Jim Henson Company.”

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