Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is one of the upcoming selections that will be teased during Netflix’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The showcase will take place June 13-18 in Annecy, France, Variety confirmed. The inaugural event is considered proof of Netflix’s support for animated projects. Details regarding the festival are being released shortly after the streamer canceled the production of other animated projects, including Meghan Markle’s Peal.
Audiences will be among the first to view footage from del Toro’s stop-motion musical Pinocchio. The renowned director will attend the event and lead a discussion about the project. Del Toro’s Pinocchio is based on the 1883 novel by Carlo Collodi, and set during the rise of fascism in Italy. Pinocchio is a part of a multi-year agreement between Netflix and del Toro that grants him creative freedom to write, direct and produce feature films and series. The cast voicing the characters includes Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett.
Del Toro is a creative consultant for Dreamworks Animation, and has worked as a producer on features including Puss in Boots, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans and Kung Fu Panda 2. He is the creator of the Tales of Arcadia franchises
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Audiences will also be treated to a first look at Kid Cudi (Grammy award-winning musician Scott Mescudi) and Kenya Barris’ Entergalactic. The animated series is based on Kid Cudi’s Entergalactic album, which is yet to be released. Barris is a writer, producer, director, and actor best known for creating black-ish, and its two spinoffs Mixed-ish and Grown-ishand for starring in and developing Netflix’s #BlackAFopposite Rashida Jones.
On January 24, 2022, Cudi took to Twitter to hype the upcoming Entergalactic:
Netflix’s Annecy Festival will also include the world premiere of Sea Beast. The sea monster adventure, which features a young girl befriending “the most dangerous beast of them all”, is written, produced and directed by Chris Williams’. The cast includes Karl Urban, Dan Stevens, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, and Kathy Burke.
Other features and events taking place during the multi-day festival include a behind-the-scenes look at David Fincher’s animated directorial debut Bad Traveling (featured in Love, Death + Robots Volume 3); A festival competition including Arcane, The Cuphead Show!, The House, Human Resources, Robin Robin and We the People as official selections; and a masterclass on the power of inclusive storytelling presented by Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins creator) and Karissa Valencia (Spirit Rangers creator).
Pinocchio and Enetergalactic are both scheduled for Netflix releases later this year.
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