Critics praise Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ in Portland: ‘sentimental, stop-motion masterpiece’

production years, “Pinocchio from Guillermo del Toro,” It received its premiere this weekend at the BFI London Film Festival, and critics quickly took to account, calling del Toro the best work in years, and “An emotional stop-motion masterpiece.”

The film, which will air on December 9 on Netflix, after some select theatrical performances, is directed by del Toro and Mark GustafsonA veteran of stop-motion animation who has worked on films such as “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and, earlier in his career, Will Vinton Studios projects including “The PJs”.

Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro’s also has a Portland connection, thanks to ShadowMachine, a California-based production studio that also has a Portland location. Much work was done on the film at the Portland studio, such as The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported in 2019. The City of Roses link seemed natural in some ways, given Portland’s history as a creative hub for discontinued animation.

Although there have been many adaptations to Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel about Geppetto, the wood-hugger who created a wooden boy named Pinocchio, del Toro’s version differs from Walt Disney’s famous 1940 production, and the last critically acclaimed Disney+ live-action film, in which the Starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto.

In “Pinocchio” from del Toro, the story takes place in Italy in the thirties of the last century when he was The Wrap . Review He notes, “The city walls are covered in Mussolini’s posters,” and “Geppetto (voiced by David Bradley in a crude warmth) is intoxicated with sadness. One dark night, he assembled a primitive one-eared mannequin, while thunder crashes and lightning fills and sprinkles him with expressive shadows. His creation is revived by a blue fairy (Tilda Swinton) with a tail, four wings and eyeballs flashing all over her body except where the eyeballs should be.”

IndieWire invites the movie “The most beautiful stop-motion animation in years, a powerful, life-affirming father-son story of acceptance and love in the face of pain, misery and fascism,” he said, adding that this is easily the Academy Award winner for del Toro’s best film in a decade, and that the animation team at ShadowMachine “pushes the boundaries of stop-motion animation to deliver some of the best puppet shows in film.”

The polygon review Calling this Pinocchio “a feast for the senses, even by del Toro’s voracious standards,” it pays tribute to the voice work of the cast, who include Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket, Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman and more.

Variety مراجعة Review More complex, noting that ‘As if putting his name in the title wasn’t enough, del Toro makes his presence felt in almost every setting. Of supernatural creatures with supernatural peeps scattered around their bodies – like one of the most famous monsters in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ With his eyes in his hands – to the carnival settings that invoke his last feature, ‘Nightmare Alley’, and the echoes of the water worlds ‘The Shape of Water’ and other efforts in the back catalog, the film sometimes plays like del Toro tropes’ most successful album. Great, they are likely to faint at self-citation; more critical and less permissive viewers may find this self-referencing to be a distracting sign of greatness or even mere laziness.”

The film’s London premiere was a particularly emotional occasion, as del Toro told the audience that his mother had died the day before the world premiere, As reported by Variety.

More of our coverage:

Inside the Portland studio behind a highly anticipated reimagining of Pinocchio

Watch the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio filmed in Portland

– Kristi Turnquist

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