See The Trailer For The Guillermo del Toro-Produced Animated Film BOOK OF LIFE

The Day of the Dead comes to life.

I really like the trailer for Book of Life, a romantic adventure based on the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a day for remembrances of loved ones who have passed away that takes place from October 31-November 2 each year. I've always found the art behind the Day of the Dead to be incredibly gorgeous, and the Jorge Gutierrez-directed passion project produced by Guillermo del Toro is as vividly colorful as any ofrenda

The voice cast is great: Diego Luna is Manolo, a young man willing to risk anything to win Zoe Saldana's Maria, who is also being wooed by a goofy lady's man named Joaquin, voiced by Channing Tatum. Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Cheech Marin and Hector Elizondo all co-star. 

Día de Muertos is a fascinating, beautiful festival, and I love that kids are going to learn about it through a fun animated adventure. Gutierrez has been working on the project for over fourteen years, and it was originally optioned by DreamWorks before a separation due to creative differences. It's a happy circumstance that del Toro stepped in to make Gutierrez's longtime dream a reality. 

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