Guillermo del Toro says he has no fear for AI

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro recently expressed his disdain for AI art and animation, calling it “an insult to life itself”. 

Del Toro has been promoting his latest film Pinocchio, a hand-crafted stop-motion movie that stands in direct opposition to machine-generated animation. He believes that AI can interpolate information but can never capture the feeling or countenance of a human face. Del Toro is not alone in his opinion, as he echoes the words of Hayao Miyazaki, who also expressed his repulsion towards animation created from AI and machines.

However, in a recent interview, Del Toro clarified that he is not afraid of artificial intelligence, but rather “natural stupidity”. He expressed his admiration for fearless individuals who embrace the challenges of the present and dismissed the fear of AI.

Del Toro’s comments have added to the debate about the role of AI in art and animation. While some argue that AI can be a useful tool for artists, others believe that it can never replace the human touch.

Del Toro has directed 10 films throughout his career as a filmmaker. Some of his most famous and critically acclaimed films include Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak and The Shape of Water. Known for his unique visual style and ability to blend genres, such as horror and fantasy, in his films, he has also directed two comic book adaptations, Hellboy and Blade II

In addition to his work in film, Del Toro is also an author and has written several books, including The Strain and The Shape of Water. He has also produced and directed television shows, such as the popular Netflix animated series Trollhunters. Del Toro is widely regarded as one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today, and his work has earned him numerous awards and accolades

Pinocchio is a stop-motion musical film available exclusively on Netflix. The movie is a reimagining of the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life. The film is based on Carlo Collodi’s classic 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The movie features a star-studded cast, with newcomer Gregory Mann voicing the titular role. The plot of the movie follows the general frame of the classic story but takes the tale in some bold new directions. For instance, it is set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy. 

Critics have praised the movie’s striking visuals and its darker approach to the classic story that adds some danger to the tale without losing a sense of magic and hope. The film has received critical acclaim and holds an impressive “98% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

All that achievement without the aid of AI. But as AI continues to advance, it is important to consider its impact on the creative industries. While it may never replace human creativity, it can certainly enhance it. As Del Toro himself said, “I consume and love art made by humans”.


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