The director said he had a hard time selling his remake of the Italian children's novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" because the project is set to be a dark political parable set ''during the rise of Mussolini''.
''It's not a Pinocchio for all the family. Of course (it is political). 'Pinocchio' during the rise of Mussolini, do the math. A puppet during the rise of fascism, yes, it is (political).'
''There's no fable without politics. Rarely can you get in productive discussions in real life right now it's so tense. It's much easier for you to listen to me if I tell you 'Once upon a time ...'" he said.
Del Toro even compared the titular puppet-come-to-life 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.
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