EXCLUSIVE: ShadowMachine has come aboard to produce and steer the animation for Pinocchio, the stop-motion animated movie that is being co-directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and Grimly, based on the classic Carlo Collodi book. They join the Jim Henson Company and are running the pre-production, production and post-production from ShadowMachine’s Los Angeles studios.
It is a coup for the boutique studio, which houses the team of artists, designers and animators who will work on the film in Los Angeles. It has so far focused on commercials, videos and features and TV, but this is their second recent large-scale film. ShadowMachine is currently in production on Hell And Back, an R-rated stop-motion animated comedy that stars Mila Kunis, Nick Swardson, TJ Miller Bob Odenkirk, Rob Riggle and Susan Sarandon.
Pinocchio is produced by Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, Lisa Henson, and del Toro, with Gary Ungar, Jason Lust and Allison Abbate exec producing. The film follows the wooden puppet through a series of adventures between World War I and World War II.
“We are unbelievably excited to be working with this amazing and historic property,” said ShadowMachine’s Bulkley and Campodonico. “Combine that with the opportunity to collaborate with Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson and the Jim Henson Company and it is a dream come true.” ShadowMachine is represented by CAA.