Guillermo del Toro echoed the words of Hayao Miyazaki when recently asked by Decider about animation created from artificial intelligence sources and machines: "It's an insult to life itself." Del Toro has been making the press rounds in support of his Netflix film "Pinocchio," a hand-crafted stop-motion movie that stands in direct opposition to machine-generated animation. “I consume and love art made by humans," del Toro said. "I am completely moved by that. And I am not interested in illustrations...
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After a career spent almost exclusively in the horror and fantasy genres, del Toro took a stab at film noir with his 2021 take on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel “Nightmare Alley,” about a homicidal drifter (Bradley Cooper) who becomes a carnival sideshow clairvoyant. A box-office disappointment grossing just $40 million worldwide, the film still managed to garner four Oscar noms, including one for best picture. Although it was billed as a stylistic change-up for del Toro, its look, tone and themes were in line with the director’s best and best-known works, from his 1993 debut feature “Cronos” to his best picture Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water” (2017), all of which are essentially gothic fairy tales. The fairy-tale connection is more direct in his new cinematic effort, the stop-action feature adaptation “Pinocchio,” co-directed with Mark Gustafson, which drops this holiday season.