Guillermo del Torothe director and screenwriter originally from Jalisco, Mexico, added a new award to his extensive career as a filmmaker, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized “Pinocchio” as the Best Animated Film in the 94th edition of the Oscar awards.
To receive the statuette, del Toro took the stage in the company of co-director and co-producer Mark Gustafson and co-producers Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley. Following this, she gave a short message in support of animation and acknowledged the support and inspiration her family has provided throughout her career.
“animation is cinemaanimation is a genre and it is ready to reach the next level, please keep it in the conversation”, he commented at the beginning of his speech.
Later, he expressed his gratitude to Netflix and Ted Sarandos —co-CEO of the company— for “having faith” in him and his team to make the film. In addition, he dedicated the award to the screenwriter Kim Morgan —his wife—, whom he referred to as “the love of my life”, to their children and their mother and father.
They are no longer in this world, but they are here with me. [en mi corazón]. I am your son and I love you”, was how the Jalisco culminated his speech at the ceremony.
After receiving the Oscar for Best Animated Film, Guillermo del Toro and his team went to the event’s press room to answer some questions from the media.
As part of the Guadalajara responses, he recalled that in Guadalajara “animation has been going on since the eighties […] We started on Super8, then moved to 16mm and finally 35″, according to reports from Los Angeles Times.
“They have also been making great short films [en el mismo formato] in Mexico City and Monterrey,” Del Toro added.
Regarding the technique of stop motion (also known as volume or frame-by-frame animation) with which he made “Pinocchio,” he said that it is about “the most democratic form of animation”, since the others that are used regularly in the industry “are too expensive”.
To support this argument, he explained that thanks to frame by frame it is possible “to say exactly what you want without having to spend a fortune” and considered that both Mexico and Latin America “are in a position to compete with the whole world using the strength of the soul and the artistic power”, reported the Californian media.
When talking about the conditions that Latin American filmmakers currently face in the United States, he indicated that there have been notable changes compared to previous times, although there are still things to do.
“We are better, but we still lack; anyway, every time you do something, you can’t do it just for yourself, but for all the people who come after you,” said Guillermo del Toro.
Finally, regarding the main differentiator of his adaptation of the story of “Pinocchio”, he stressed that the emphasis was on restating fundamental elements of the classic book and transferring them to the current context.
“The story we present It’s about a father who has to learn how to be a father., not about a son who has to learn to be a son, ”he explained at first. Immediately, she maintained that “right now, disobedience is urgent and cannot be postponed in the world. AND We cannot pretend to build something perfectBecause the important thing is that love exists.