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“Everything Happens When It Needs To”: Guillermo del Toro On How His Pinocchio Took 14 Years To Make (EXCLUSIVE)

"Everything Happens When It Needs To": Guillermo del Toro On How His Pinocchio Took 14 Years To Make (EXCLUSIVE)

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is out today on Netflix, and it’s fair to say that this new version of Carlo Collodi’s story is some of the director’s finest work. Much darker than any version of Pinocchio we have ever seen before, it is both the del Toro dark fairytale signature we expect it to be, as well as an absolute technical achievement. The incredible voice cast of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio includes Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz.

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It’s visually beautiful, and mature, and there is something for everyone. However, “everyone” might not include young kids, or maybe if they are aware of the themes raised in it. This Pinocchio is in no way made for a cute movie night in pajamas with your 4-year-old. Pinocchio learns life the hard way, and most importantly, he learns about death, including his own.

You get what you need, not what you want. The universe keeps sending you that, and the rest is just a tantrum of the soul.”

Becoming a real-life boy doesn’t mean only getting the happy and positive aspects of life. It also means that he will act in ways that will potentially have heartbreaking consequences, and he will have to face them. In Italy of the 1930s, when the country deals with the terrifying shadow of fascism, these consequences will soon catch up with Pinocchio.

Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio Interview

Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio

We had the honor to speak with director Guillermo del Toro, who is finally able to introduce his vision of Pinocchio after some 14 years of trying to bring it to life. Check out the interview video below:

For the filmmaker, if it is happening now, it is because “Everything happens when it needs to.” He declared:

I’m 58; I kind of learn that you get what you need, not what you want. The universe keeps sending you that, and the rest is just a tantrum of the soul. Movies happen or don’t happen; the world will move on. The world will not stop because I didn’t make a movie; it is an act of ego to say that. Everything happens when it needs to. ”

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Our interview with Guillermo del Toro was extremely inspiring, but we didn’t have enough time to ask him a very surrealist, yes, though pretty important question you might also have if you watched the film:

Is the afterlife really a giant party of poker?

Alas, this will be a question for a next interview.

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Written by Maëlle Beauget-Uhl

Reporter and news writer with an educational background in broadcast journalism at the New York Film Academy and a professional background in entertainment reporting and news writing.