Guillermo del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with his lifelong passion project, Pinocchio, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical. Pinocchio will be del Toro’s first feature film since The Shape of Water, which won four Academy Awards last year, including for Best Director and Best Picture.
Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. This marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with Guillermo del Toro, who created their Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ Trollhunters, the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, 3Below, is set to debut on December 21, 2018, followed by Wizards in 2019. He is also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) today announced its new Blu-ray + DVD Combo Packs, along with the release date for Snow White, A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc.
Upcoming Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack titles include Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition on March 10, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in October.
Disney introduced the first Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack in 2008 with the release of Sleeping Beauty.
Monsters Inc. and A Bug’s Life will be released in 2009.
Geeks worldwide cried tears of joy as the news broke that Guillermo del Toro and the Jim Henson Co. are developing a stop-motion PINOCCHIO feature with a darker tone.
Del Toro spilled the beans to the fine folks over at Bloody Disgusting, revealing that he was working on the script with Gris Grimly, illustrator on 2002’s PINOCCHIO.
Del Toro is incredible busy, working on the highly-anticipated HOBBIT movie which will actually be spread out over two movies and will take about five years of his time. He is directing and co-writing along with the Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
As if that wasn’t enough, Del Toro is also working on remakes of FRANKENSTEIN, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE and SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE as well as an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ DROOD.
The Walt Disney original classic, Pinocchio, is heading to DVD and Blu-ray as “Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition” on March 10, 2009. Available for the first time on Blu-ray and 2-Disc DVD, Pinocchio is restored with enhanced picture and sound. The movie will be available for a limited time only and comes loaded with bonus features.
The special 2-Disc Blu-ray release not only includes a bonus standard definition DVD of the film in the same package, but provides viewers accessibility to Disney’s popular BD-Live Network, which allows viewers to chat, video stream, participate in communal games and download exclusive content.
The NY Times reports that Disney plans on releasing five more classic animated movies on Blu-ray within two years. The five movies bound for high-definition glory are: Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and last but no least, Beauty and the Beast. Disney will kick off it’s Platinum Blu-ray releases with Sleeping Beauty on October 7th.
All of the releases will take full advantage of Blu-ray technology including BD Live, which allows for internet interactivity. Bob Chapek, president of Disney’s home entertainment division, is fully behind Blu-ray and BD Live, commenting “BD Live is not a niche product, We see mass adoption of the technology.”
Pinocchio – Spring 2009
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Fall 2009
Fantasia – 2010
Fantasia 2000 – 2010
Beauty and the Beast – Fall 2010