Real Boy: A Peek at Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

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Kambole Campbell enjoys the jovial expletives, shambling strangeness and really quiet moments of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio preview at Annecy.

At one moment during a delightfully curse-laden speech about his love of animation at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Guillermo del Toro finds a nice point of synchronicity between what he’s long admired about animation from the outside, and the story of Pinocchio: “To animate is to give a soul to something that’s not alive.”

Out of the entirety of Netflix’s Animation Showcase at Annecy this year, it’s clear that Pinocchio was the most anticipated, the director walking out to a standing ovation and continuing to elicit loud cheers throughout his discussion of what drew him to the medium.

Letterboxd’s animation correspondent Kambole Campbell was there in the room to give us all of the details.