Guillermo del Toro honors late mother at ‘Pinocchio’ world premiere
She died one day before the film debuted here in London.
Guillermo del Toro took to the stage and honored his late mother, Guadalupe Gomez, before the world premiere of his animated movie Pinocchio at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday.
The visionary director, who is the mastermind behind the imaginative worlds of Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak, became emotional as he revealed to the audience that his mother had died just one day before the British Film Institute event, reports Variety.
“I just wanted to say that my mother just died, and this was very special, for her and I,” he said. “This is not only your first time seeing the movie, but it’s also the first time that she’ll see it with us. We are grateful. ”
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – (L-R) Gepetto (voiced by David Bradley) and Pinocchio (voiced by Gregory Mann). Cr: Netflix (c) 2022; LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 24: Director Guillermo del Toro attends The Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles celebrates The 94th Academy Awards at official residence of the Consul General of Canada on March 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for The Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles)
Geppetto (voiced by David Bradley) in ‘Pinocchio’; director Guillermo del Toro
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While speaking on stage, del Toro said he and his mother both felt a very strong connection to the original 1940 Disney classic and its themes of love, loyalty, and honesty. I saw the film as an infant, and it was a film that bonded my mother with me for the rest of my life,” he said. It affected me because Pinocchio saw things the same way that I did. I was annoyed that Pinocchio demanded obedience. I decided to make a film about disobedience and how it is a virtue. I also wanted to show that love doesn’t require you to change. “
Pinocchio is del Toro’s first foray into stop-motion animation, but it’s an art form he takes very seriously. He stated to moviegoers that “everybody here believes animation is not a form of art.” “Animation is art. Animation is film. “
The movie itself has been a longtime passion project for del Toro, who first teased it back in 2008. Fourteen years later, and with a little help from co-director Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox), his Pinocchio arrives as a reimagined take on the beloved Carlo Collodi fairy tale set in fascist Italy before World War II.
While chatting with EW back in 2012, del Toro noted the similarities between his retelling of Pinocchio and Mary Shelley’s horror classic Frankenstein.
They are both journeys to understanding and journeys to the evolution of the spirit, he said. “When we started working on Pinocchio, we knew very clearly that we wanted to make it different in the sense that it is not just a fairy tale, but a fairy tale that actually moves you and emotionally affects you. It addresses ideas that are universally relevant and applicable to all people. ”
Pinocchio opens in select theaters in November and premieres Dec. 9. on Netflix.
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