"It's not a Pinocchio for all the family," he said of his story, set in 1930s Italy, according to hollywoodreporter.com.
Is it a political film?
This darker turn on the fable is perhaps not surprising from the director, who compared the puppet who longs to be a real boy to Frankenstein's monster.
"He's a creature that is created through unnatural means from a father that he then distances (himself) from, and has to learn about failure and pain and loneliness," he said, noting that he chose stop-motion animation for the project because it's "more expressive" than working with actors.
"There's no fable without politics," he said, citing the gender and class struggles of stories such as Cinderella and Snow White, and even the message of his own "The Shape of Water".
His dark approach on the material made "Pinnochio" a hard sell for the director, who took it around for a decade before Netflix took on the project.
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