Jorge R. Gutierrez’ animated film produced by Guillermo del Toro is inspired by the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead
Opens: Oct. 17 (20th Century Fox)
Cast: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Hector Elizondo
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
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.
The film is described as the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. In love with the beautiful Maria, yet having to battle with the affections of the charming Joaquin, to win her heart, the spirits La Muerte and Xibalba bet on who will win Maria. Afraid to lose the bet after Maria falls for Manolo, Xibalba sends a snake to kill Manolo, hoping that will result in Joaquin becoming Maria’s lover. In order to return to the human world and to Maria, Manolo embarks on an incredible journey that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears armed with only his wits, his guitar, and his two swords.