Attach Guillermo del Toro’s name to your project, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’re all going to take a look at it. Luckily for The Book of Life, a vividly animated adventure hitting theaters this October, there’s a lot more to like than just that the Hellboy director is involved.
For one thing, the visuals continue to look absolutely gorgeous in this second trailer for the movie, which follows three childhood friends who become the corners of a love triangle. Maria (Zoe Saldana) is the beautiful and spirited lady adored by both the noble-hearted bullfighter Manolo (Diego Luna) and the handsome, self-confident Joaquin (Channing Tatum). The Book of Life focuses primarily on Manolo as, after calling upon the powers of an ancient deity, he travels through The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten as he searches for a way to follow his dreams and win Maria’s heart while living a full life.
Jorge Gutierrez (who previously worked on the Nicktoon El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera) both made his directorial debut on the pic and wrote the script with El Tigre head writer Douglad Langdale, so it will be interesting to see whether The Book of Life can match its visuals with an equally enjoyable story.
However, that del Toro, a visually powerful director who specializes in creating engrossing fairy tales, believed in the film enough to produce it suggests that cinema-goers will be in for a real treat when The Book of Life opens in 3D on October 17th.
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.