All of us from Guadalajara feel proud that Guillermo del Toro has won the Oscar for Best Animated Film with Pinocchio, however, Few of us know that the creation of this film was here in Zapopan, Jalisco.
It was last Sunday where Guillermo del Toro once again raised the name of Mexico and the State by winning his third statuette in the Oscars awardsand this time he did it with Pinocchio, an emblematic and multi-award-winning film that stole the hearts of millions of people around the world and was at the Pooch’s Workshop of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), a group of wineries located between the cluster of Calle 2.
What is the Chucho Workshop?
Chucho’s workshop is not only a small big city where all gears work to consolidate stories that are told through animated cinema, with such specialized departments ranging from costumes, to models, carpentry, software, etc.
According to the director of the Taller del Chucho, Angélica Lares, This is a place that is the materialization of the dream of Guillermo del Toroconsolidated with the support of the UdeG.
“He knew about the talent at home, that there was a decent space, with complex facilities and sufficient equipment. Guillermo had an approach with the UdeG and this place was chosen. It took us two years to condition it, since 2019”, he explained.
Under that order came the immediate commitment to receive the Pinochio movie project, since it had been agreed that the sequences of the rabbits that accompanied the main character every time he died in the story would be filmed.
Karla Castañeda explains that collective work is reflected in Pinocchio, where objects were literally given a soul, and that every time she watches the film she finds new identifications with the characters.
“The technique is beautiful, the art direction and more. But what stands out most about the film is the narrative, since Guillermo is also a great screenwriter. He is a great captain of the ship, generous, that he always gives to his work team, ”he stressed.
Angélica Lares assures that there could not have been a better selection of the sequences, because the closeness of the artists with themes of death is the halo that sheltered this film with a strong Mexican essence.
“They asked us why in our respective projects, short films, there is the theme of death so recurring, with a dark cut, and I think that without agreeing we have certain roots, because it is something that we Mexicans live with: loss and absence, “said the animator Karla Castañeda, who had active part in the production of Pinocchio in Jalisco.
What are you working on right now?
Currently, the Chucho Workshop works with new projects by filmmakers such as Rita Basulto, Cecilia Andalón, Sofía Carrillo, León Fernández and more.
The creators assured that the workshop is a space where dreams come true, a creative hub where talents are trained, but also where satisfaction and achievements remain, such as those that have occurred in recent months at the various award ceremonies and that this Sunday reaches the maximum: having won an Oscar for one of the productions made at home.
“Something very important, and we take it very seriously, is being part of the UdeG and for this reason we must have that vein of the academy and get closer to young people, so that they feel that this is part of their training, we are a fan of possibilities, a crucible”, stressed Angélica Lares.
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