Reel FX came onto the animation scene last November with Free Birds, the critically-panned time-travelling turkey film. Yeah, not the best of debuts... But the studio seems set to easily leap over that low bar with their follow-up, the Day of the Dead-inspired The Book of Life. And they've just released a rather great first trailer for it; check it out below.
Are we absolutely sure this is from the same studio as Free Birds? Well, it just looks great, doesn't it? The story seems bold and fresh, the humour seems on top-form, and the animation is absolutely spectacular! Bright, vibrant and refreshingly different from the norm, The Book of Life looks magnificent!
The story of 3 friends through the lands of the living and the dead, The Book of Life is now on our radar in a major way, as an animated film to watch out for in the rest of 2014 (really though, with this, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The BoxTrolls and Big Hero 6, we're pretty spoiled for choice). Those fab guys over at Rotoscopers have a great plot breakdown of the film too.
The Book of Life is directed by Jorge Gutierrez, produced by geek king Guillermo del Toro, and stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Danny Trejo. It's out on 17th (US)/24th (UK) October, just in time for Halloween!
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