20th Century Fox Animation and Reel FX Animation Studios just announced the star-
studded ensemble for their upcoming animated comedy The Book of Life. Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo and Ron Perlman will star with Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-Up Revolution), radio personality Ricardo (“El Mandril”) Sanchez, and Danny Trejo (Machete) rounding out the bunch.
The movie is slated for October 2014 release and will mark Reel FX’s second venture into feature-length animation. Their first, Free Birds, will hit theaters this November.
According to the press release, The Book of Life is about Manolo, “a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.” If that sounds like a hokey tag-line from the1980’s, wait—there’s more. The Book of Life is also said to be “rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites” not to mention “encouraging us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.” How many clichés can we get into one synopsis?
IMDB’s description of the film was more intriguing to me. They say that the film is a modern Romeo and Juliet set during a Day of the Dead celebration. This may have piqued my interest more because Lee Unkrich has an untitled film about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in the works at Pixar right now and I immediately wonder what the hell the odds are of these both being in the works at the same time. Oscar®-winner and President of Animation at Reel FX Aron Warner (Shrek) is overseeing The Book of Life and the movie has generated some buzz among fans of the upcoming studio.