Guillermo del Toro was emotional at the premiere of “Pinocchio” after the death of his mother.
The ‘Hellboy’ filmmaker made a stop-motion version of the classic story for Netflix and confessed the world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Friday (14.10.22) had added poignancy following the death of his mother Guadalupe Gomez.
Speaking at the premiere, Guillermo said: “I just want to say, my mum just died, and it was very special for her and me. It’s not just the first time you see the movie, it’s the first time she’s going to see the movie with us.”
The director recalled his mother’s love for “Pinocchio” and how the classic Disney animated film forged a bond between the couple that influenced Del Toro’s career behind the camera.
The 58-year-old filmmaker said: “I saw the film when I was a kid and it’s a film that has bonded me with my mum for a lifetime.
“It touched me because Pinocchio saw the world as I saw it. I was a little mad that people demanded obedience from Pinocchio, so I wanted to make a film about disobedience as a virtue, and say that it was not necessary to change for beloved.”
“Pinocchio” is Del Toro’s first animated film and he believes the medium should be more valued by the film industry.
He said, “Everyone here believes that animation isn’t a genre. This animation is art. Animation is a movie.”
Guillermo promised that his stop-motion film would be “magnificent” and reflect the story of “Pinocchio”.
He explained, “I really wanted this film to land in a way that had the expressiveness and the material nature of a piece of handmade animation – an artisan and beautiful exercise and sculpting, painting , sculpture, but it had the sophistication of movement that platform research and puppet making took from us.
“Pinocchio has survived the centuries, a fable close to my heart. We are sure that this incarnation is particularly beautiful.”