Pixar’s latest film Coco hits theaters this week and I sat down with director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), producer Darla K. Anderson and writer/co-director Adrian Molina to talk about how the story came about. Along the way, we touch on the abandoned film project that Lee was working on with screenwriter Michael Arndt, how The Book Of Life affected this production, the evolution of the idea from the initial spark to the finished film, how Adrian Molina got involved in the project, how Lee Unkrich went from editor to director and how he edits his own films, how Darla got a credit as “Digital Angel” on the original Toy Story, hiding easter eggs in an international setting, and working with Michael Giacchino.
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November just started, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already getting their Oscar nominations all in order. First up, AMPAS has revealed the 20 animated films that have been submitted and will be eligible for up to five nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22. Check out the possible 2015 Best Animated Feature film nominees below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Following her latest out-of-this-world role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana is allowed to get a little more grounded in the new Book of Life trailer. But just a little.
The Guillermo del Toro-produced epic starts out in our world, but then spills over into the land of the dead and the land of the forgotten. At the center of the tale is Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who harbors dreams of becoming a musician.
Saldana plays Maria, the object of Manolo’s affections, and Channing Tatum rounds out the lead cast as Joaquin, Manolo’s friend and rival. Ice Cube and Christina Applegate also star. Watch the new Book of Life trailer after the jump.
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In theaters this Halloween will be a different sort of ghost story. The Book of Life is a film based on the images and stories about the Day of the Dead, and features a man, recently deceased, who hopes to journey back to the land of the living to be with the woman he loves. The real attraction in the film, which is directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, is the visual design. The lands beyond the living, as seen here, are just stunning to see; the colors and level of detail are almost overwhelming. Watch the Book of Life trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Crimson Peak isn’t out until next fall, but we are getting another Guillermo del Toro treat in time for this Halloween. Fox Animation’s Book of Life, produced by del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is just getting started on its marketing campaign, and today we have our first look at images from the movie.
Diego Luna leads the voice cast as Manolo, a young romantic who wants to pursue his passion for music, much to his family’s dismay. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana also star, as Manolo’s childhood friends. Check out the new Book of Life images after the jump.
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Concept art can be a huge tease — too often we see art that is a lot more visually striking than whatever ends up on screen for a given film. Even in animation, where the concept art and final product theoretically can be close, the difference can be huge.
Director Jorge Gutierrez is irritated when that happens, and promises that his upcoming Fox film The Book of Life, based around the Mexican Day of the Dead and produced by Guillermo del Toro, will look just like the film’s concept art. Read More »
As Guillermo del Toro does press rounds for the disc release of Pacific Rim, naturally he’s talking about other films. He mentioned the ongoing screenwriting efforts for Pacific Rim 2, for instance, and in another interview he was questioned about his upcoming haunted house move Crimson Peak.
The director says that one is very much designed as an R-rated piece of horror, which should please fans of the genre. Del Toro is working on the pilot of The Strain now, and says “I go into shooting Crimson Peak in February. That’s basically my next year-and-a-half or two years.” He also says he still hopes to make his adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s book The Witches, which he’s been working on for years.
In addition, the voice cast has been announced for The Book of Life, which is the Day of the Dead-set animated feature the director is producing. Read More »