As if Guillermo del Toro's plate isn't already stacked high enough (not a fat joke; he genuinely is doing a lot of things), it seems the stop-motion Pinocchio he was planning with illustrator Gris Grimly--first mentioned over two years ago--is at last coming together. The filmmaker and the Jim Henson Company just released the above first look at some of the character models, along with more specifics on the project: del Toro's Mimic screenwriter Matthew Robbins wrote the script, Grimly and Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson will co-direct, and Nick Cave will serve as music consultant. Sounds mostly good!
In the official release, Del Toro added:
"I believe that our tale of PINOCCHIO recaptures the darker, more daunting aspects of the book that have been missing from previous film incarnations and takes advantage of all the allegorical aspects of the tale. Gris and Mark have a clear vision of this world. Matthew, the directors and I have constructed an adaptation that I feel enormously proud of."
Looks/sounds like this thing is going to be huge at Hot Topic, assuming that's still a reference point. Is Hot Topic still the place for teenagers who like dark fairy tales and Jack Skellington beanies? Regardless, those types and others will appreciate this concept art for the film: