Guillermo del Toro’s D-related announcement is now out of the bag. The renowned director has produced some of the darkest visions of fantastic landscapes and animated created in recent popular cinema with “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy.” Now, he will partner with the Walt Disney Company to leverage that imagination and produce new films under the label “Disney Double Dare You.” Announced at the company’s D23 Expo, the new partnership will look to create new all-ages animated projects that still manage to thrill and frighten.
“It is part of the Disney canon to create thrilling, unforgettable moments and villains in all their classic films,” del Toro said. “It is my privilege for DDY to continue in this tradition.”
Their first film together will be a film titled “Trollhunters,” which del Toro will fit into a schedule that already includes his “Hobbit” movies.
“I look forward to coming up with fresh and original stories that will take Disney films in a whole new direction,” he stated. “The emphasis is on fun, and we have some great ideas already on the storyboards.”
Reigning in del Toro’s powerful predilection for graphic horror will interesting to watch, though Disney’s “Pirates of the Carribean” films have shown that the studio knows how to find a happy medium between dark imagery and family-friendly style. How powerful a hand del Toro plays in either creating or harvesting new content will also determine what kind of tone the new label assumes.
Do you think Guillermo del Toro and Disney sound like sensible bedfellows for their new Double Dare You production label? How involved would you like to see del Toro be with the studio’s upcoming animated features? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.