The trailer to Guillermo Del Toro’s animated film, The Book of Life, has been released. And it looks pretty darn great.
First of all, the movie’s aesthetic is wonderfully odd. It’s a blessed change of pace from the relative homogeny in Disney and Dreamworks films. The art direction clearly draws from traditional Dia De Los Muertos decorations but it’s still a style that’s unique unto itself.
More importantly, though, The Book of Life is going to be a great example of representation. The producer, Guillermo Del Toro and the director, Jorge R. Gutierrez are both Mexican. So, one can feel confident that the culture and mythology surrounding Dia De Los Muertos will be well depicted. (It would certainly be very disappointing if they weren’t.) Additionally, the story takes place in Mexico during Dia De Los Muertos- and features a predominantly hispanic cast! Diego Luna, who voices the main character, Manolo, is Mexican and Zoe Saldana, who voices “the love of his life,” Maria, was born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents. Granted, Channing Tatum voices Joaquin but I’m too grateful that the leads and many of the side characters are voiced by hispanic actors to care.
No matter how good or bad the movie itself is, The Book of Life is going to be something special.