Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Opening the Book... [UPDATED]

We now have our first look at Reel FX's second animated feature, The Book of Life!

I've you've been here for a while, you'll know that I've been anticipating this little film for a while. From what I've heard of it, it just sounded cool, a possible game-changer perhaps. I had heard of how the animation itself wouldn't be like the animation we usually see in computer animated films, I heard it would resemble gorgeous concept art. The plot, which involved the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), also sounds like it had promise... Now, USA Today has revealed the first image!

First off, the color work and art direction are fantastic. Seriously, look at all the architecture! The characters are almost toy-like and the Day of the Dead imagery really adds to what this psychedelic Mexican landscape. It seems like the filmmakers really immersed themselves into the holiday itself, as this is director Jorge Guiterrez's passion project. Yes, big shock, I already love this film's look.

USA Today also revealed more details on the plot itself...

This journey takes him (main protagonist Manolo) from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Remembered, where people who have lived complete lives, and are remembered among the living, go after they die. A final, daunting destination is The Land of the Forgotten, where those who have died with unfulfilled lives dwell.

Along the way Manolo meets his bullfighter great-grandfather, who always wanted to be an opera singer (Placido Domingo) but never followed his dream. There are also wild characters including Candle Maker (rapper Ice Cube), an ancient god with a body of wax and a beard made of clouds.

It's also interesting to note that Guiterrez had this film in the works for 14 years, as Guiterrez said that he was always told it wouldn't get made into a movie. Why is it a reality now? A certain someone liked the idea... Guillermo del Toro! I'm just happy to see a studio willing to make a weird, off-the-wall film like this. One that's different from the usual offerings, and it's also being released by Fox (Relativity released Reel FX's debut film, Free Birds), so hopefully they back it up with a pretty good marketing campaign.

Anyways, I dig the film's style and am more than excited for the trailer tomorrow. What do you think?

UPDATE (5/28/14): More images! Trailer should be right around the corner...

Bring on the trailer!

UPDATE (5/29/2014): The trailer is finally here, and my goodness this film looks amazing. Also, the trailer does a fine job at playing up the story instead of being a tired joke-a-thon like many other animated movie trailers out there. Let's hope this trailer gets audiences geared up for this delightfully different animated epic. It looks like a lot of fun, but it also looks like it'll have an emotional center to it. I like that the trailer is mostly quiet until the big song montage of action kicks in.

Basically, it's everything I hoped it would be. Remember when said last fall that it could be the next Rango in terms of how different it is compared to most other animated films on the market? Well with this trailer, I believe it will be.

This fall will bring the big "B"s. This, The BoxTrolls and Big Hero 6... Yep, fall is gonna be rocking!

1 comment:

  1. Looks interesting. Gotta wonder, though, if people aren't going to be turned off by the weird art style.