Guillermo del Toro's 'The Book of Life' Will Bring Day Of The Dead To Animation

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's newest venture seeks to breathe new life into an iconic Mexican holiday: Dia de Los Muertos. 

The Book of Life, out October 17th, follows the adventures of a young man named Manolo, voiced by Diego Luna. In love with the same girl (Zoë Saldaña), as his charming best friend (Channing Tatum), Manolo must figure out how to win her heart -- and follow his dreams at the same time. What Manolo doesn't know is that the leaders of the underworld have made a wager on which of the two best friends will win the girl's heart. The bet ultimately plunges him into the fantastical and wonderful Land of the Remembered. 

The vividly animated feature, produced by del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, brings Mexican tradition and South American folklore to life. The characters even resemble the handcrafted figurines available for purchase from street vendors and at markets throughout Mexico.

"It's art for the people, by the people, about the people," Gutierrez told HitFix about the work. "These are reflections of who we are. It's the kind of art that can be in a museum or it can be in your house... It's really accessible art."

"The movie is really a love letter to that type of art work," he continued. "It's very imperfect, full of texture, you can see the traces of the artisans' hands in these characters."

The Book of Life hits theaters October 17, 2014! Will you and your family be seeing it?

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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