In late October 2022, Cate Blanchett appeared on an episode of Hot Ones, and during the discussion, host Sean Evans brought up something the actress had previously said about preparing for her “Pinocchio” role: that she heard various chimpanzee noises and walked by out there to get her monkey voice right. Evans then asked what it was like finding the monkey voice versus nailing down a regional dialect like Blanchett has done for other projects.
Amused by the question, Blanchett lightheartedly replied, “From which forest did I choose the actual chimpanzee? It was kind of a mix of a lot of different chimpanzees.” The actress then took the question seriously, explaining that chimpanzees really do sound very different depending on their age and other factors. She continued, “And then you just go in and find out what makes Guillermo laugh, and yes I did.”
Blanchett then gave an example of the sound of a chimpanzee and made Evans laugh. Blanchett noted that the process took hours and hours to make such noises, concluding, “It wasn’t boring, but it was exhausting.”
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will hit select theaters in November before streaming on Netflix on December 9, 2022.