Guillermo del Toro received an enthusiastic standing ovation after the screening of his upcoming stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchioo on Saturday at the end of the Animation is Film Festival.
At a packed Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, del Toro attended a filmmaking talk with Oscar-winning VFX veteran Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park) after the screening. “It’s just a completely different way of thinking creatively, doing something like that,” Tippett said. “You get completely lost in world construction.”
From his approach to Pinocchio, del Toro said he saw the animators as actors. “I promised, you’re going to be the actors, this is what we want. But if the doll tells you otherwise, do it. There is no other form of animation where the band [between animator and character] is so close.”
He added that his hopes that “maybe 30 minutes into the film, people will think ‘this is a good actor – not a puppet’.”
Pinocchio was presented as a special event to conclude the fifth edition of the Animation is Film Festival. during the week, Little Nicolas (Le Petit Nicolas), directed by Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre, won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize. In the spring, it won the top prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
My father’s dragondirected by Oscar nominee Nora Twomey (the breadwinnerr) and produced by the Irish Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers) for a Netflix release, took home the Special Jury Prize. This year’s Audience Award went to: Aurora’s sunrise directed by Inna Sahakyan, and the Shorts Jury Prize was awarded to: ice merchants directed by João Gonzalez.