Guillermo Del Toro in Annecy: “Animation is not a fucking genre. It’s cinema!”

At the Annecy animated film festival, Netflix unveiled new images of Del Toro’s Pinocchio but also had plenty of surprises in store.

It was a first in the history of the Annecy animated film festival: if Netflix has already come many times in the past, the streaming platform had never organized a big gathering to present its upcoming productions. . For a big hour, the public of Annecy was thus able to discover the enticing line-up of Netflix, in particular composed of the highly anticipated Pinocchio by Guillermo Del Toro. Welcomed like a rock star, the director of The Shape of Water wanted to make things clear: Animation is not a fucking genre. It’s cinema! Scheduled for later this year, the stop-motion film will be inspired in part by the relationship between Del Toro and his father.

The first images, very dark and truly stunning, show a hungover Gepetto who painfully tries to climb up to his workshop, only to discover that his puppet has come to life. The filmmaker promised Annecy audiences that they would ” animate the silence ” and ” to make a film that is both entertaining and moving, that pushes the limits of animation (…) We said to ourselves: ”Let the characters make mistakes. Let’s animate in four movements what the others would do in one. “Del Toro also assures that he absolutely wants to avoid” pantomime bullshit “. In the voice cast, we will notably find Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Finn Wolfhard, John Turturro or Cate Blanchett. Pinocchio will be visible at the end of the year.

In addition, Netflix has unveiled many other projects, such as the enticing Entergalactic of rapper Kid Cudi (“ an analog love story in a digital world “, a kind of concept and visually very animated film that will accompany an album by the artist, on September 30), which made a surprise appearance in Annecy. Dubbing is provided by Timothée Chalamet, Jessica Williams and Ty Dolla Sign.

Another stop motion film, the new Henry Selick (Coraline), Wendell and Wild, about two demon brothers escaped from hell, with the voices of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. ” The stories I choose to tell will always be in stop motion “, explained Selick in a video message. ” It’s the oldest form of animation and even the oldest way of making movies at all (…) It looks like magic. That’s why I’ll stick with it “.

Note also the adaptation of the comic book Nimona (set in a superb techno-medieval universe and voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed) directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quan, The Magician’s Elephant by Wendy Rogers who blurs the lines between 2D and 3D or the very poetic My Father’s Dragon by Nora Twomey.

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