That striking picture above is some concept art from a forthcoming animated movie which I am rather excited about. Guillermo Del Toro seems to be constantly busy these days, not just with making his own films, his new one Crimson Peak, but also lending a hand to other productions. The latest movie he’s involved with a CG animated film called The Book Of Life, an CG animation inspired by Mexico’s famous Dia de Muertos [Day Of The Dead] festival. The Book Of Life is the brainchild of Mexican animator and artist Jorge Gutierrez. He directs, and writes with American screenwriter Doug Langdale, this new tale of a matador, Manolo (Diego Luna), and town hotshot Joaquin (Channing Tatum), who both vie for the attentions of a beautiful girl called Maria (Zoë Saldana). Things clearly go substantially awry for Manolo when he’s bitten by a snake and sent plunging into a trippy underworld filled with strange beasties and on an adventure “that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears“. Those worlds are The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered, and the Land of the Forgotten.
This looks and sounds a little like the superb Corpse Bride which can only be a good thing in my book, though even more imaginative and ‘out there’. The first trailer for The Book Of Life can be viewed below.