May 30, 2014

"The Book Of Life" - Life, Death And Guillermo Del Toro's First Foray Into Animated Features

Interesting. It seems like 2014 and 2015 are years dedicated to La Dia De Los Muertos, with both Fox Animation and Disney/Pixar attempting to take a stab at the Mexican holiday celebrating those who have passed. Disney recently hit a negative PR road block by attempting to actually copyright the phrase 'Dia De Los Muertos,' which drew international ire in their direction for their 2015 feature. That aside, from a visual standpoint The Book Of Life is looking beautiful, drawing from the colorful folk art that's prevalent during the festivals.

My only concern comes from the indications that there will be plenty of pop music covers present throughout the movie- but hopefully those won't detract from the absolutely gorgeous visual style that director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo Del Toro crafted up for the upcoming feature. During protagonist Manolo's adventures, he'll end up visiting a total of three worlds: The land of the dead, the land of the remembered, and the land of the forgotten. Looking forward to getting engrossed in all three worlds come October 17.

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.

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