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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana and Channing Tatum Lend Their Voices to a Vibrant New Animated Film that Celebrates Day of the Dead

Have you seen the new trailer for the animated film, THE BOOK OF LIFE? I fear it hasn't gotten a lot of attention, but it's co-produced by Guillermo del Toro and has a multicultural all-star cast, so it should definitely be on your radar. Plus, if you're into the dark styling of Tim Burton, you'll get a kick out of this offering.

The movie, written and directed by first time filmmaker Jorge R. Gutierrez, is a fairy tale set on the backdrop of the Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), about a young man (voiced by Diego Luna) caught between destinies. Through luscious visuals and popular tunes, the trailer takes us on a lively adventure across dimensions with wacky characters and witty one-liners. The voice actors also include Zoë Saldana, Channing Tatum, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube and Christina Applegate. More:

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. 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. 

Any trailer that features an animated cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" is an automatic win for me. And I'm happy to see more Latino family films on the big screen. Watch the trailer:

THE BOOK OF LIFE is in theaters October 17th.


Maurice Mitchell said...

Guillermo del Toro is pushing the boundaries for films in general, but especially Latinos in film. Way to go making such a slammin' post, about an important film.

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