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Trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated flick, The Book of Life

05.29.2014
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I recall reading about an animated project that Guillermo del Toro wanted to get off the ground, but immediately shelved the thought. After all, the man is busy enough with his own directorial projects, let alone his produced ones. Now that writer/director Jorge R. Gutierrez has a trailer out for his feature, THE BOOK OF LIFE, it's time to sit up and take notice.

The synopsis is as follows:

THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

I really love the artistic style in which they modeled the characters and world after. For me, it's very reminiscent of Tim Schafer's Grim Fandango. When you take into account that every other computer animated film looks like it was cut from the same digital cloth, it definitely helps to have your film stand out on a visual standpoint.

THE BOOK OF LIFE, featuring the vocal talents of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman, and Christina Applegate, hits theaters October 17, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: October 17 is my birthday. Just sayin'.

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9:58AM on 05/30/2014

Look out Pixar

Pixar has their own Dios de los Muertos movie in production. It currently has no release date, it could take one of their two 2017 dates already picked out.

Much like Pixar shelving "Newt" because of similarities to "Rio", This movie could hinder Pixar's plans. That being said, "The Book of Life" does look pretty good so far.
Pixar has their own Dios de los Muertos movie in production. It currently has no release date, it could take one of their two 2017 dates already picked out.

Much like Pixar shelving "Newt" because of similarities to "Rio", This movie could hinder Pixar's plans. That being said, "The Book of Life" does look pretty good so far.
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11:46PM on 05/29/2014
looks like some nice eye candy
looks like some nice eye candy
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3:32PM on 05/29/2014
Looks pretty.
Looks pretty.
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2:59PM on 05/29/2014
love the detailed tapestries of patterns. Now that is something that you don't see in traditional animation and a great use of the abilities of computer animation.
love the detailed tapestries of patterns. Now that is something that you don't see in traditional animation and a great use of the abilities of computer animation.
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2:25PM on 05/29/2014
The kids and I are there.

GDT also produced the hilarious & VERY underrated Puss In Boots film. If you skipped it thinking it was just another Shrek movie, think again . . .
The kids and I are there.

GDT also produced the hilarious & VERY underrated Puss In Boots film. If you skipped it thinking it was just another Shrek movie, think again . . .
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2:26PM on 05/29/2014
Really? That I did not know. I may have to check it out!
Really? That I did not know. I may have to check it out!
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