One of the things that I like is I want to see more diversity in animation. Like there’s stories from all over the world. And a lot of the big animated movies they kinda feel like they’re all coming from the same place. So I think ‘Book of Life’, we’re reminding the world, 'Hey, hey, hey. There’s other flavors. You don’t have to eat at the big restaurant all the time. You can go into the side streets. There’s going to be fantastic food if you just give it a chance.’
—  Jorge Gutierrez, director of The Book of Life (Interview here)
Watch on

The Book Of Life

Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez 

Studio ReelFX, Coming out October 17th, 2014

just so we don't have another "Coraline was made by Tim Burton" deal on our hands

The Book of Life

  • is directed by Jorge Gutierrez, creator of of El Tigre. he is the major figure behind the movie, having come up with the idea originally as well
  • is produced by several people, one of whom is Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, etc 
  • is written by Jorge Gutierrez, joined by Doug Landale, creator of the Weekenders
  • has several character designs by Sandra Equihua, Gutierrez’s wife and co-creator of El Tigre

The Land of the Remembered is an endless world. No ceiling, no floor, and always expanding. It’s inspired by and it incorporates elements of Mexican’s folk art, such as hearts and skulls. If you look closely, you can even see a guitar-shaped building hidden in the scene. This symbolizes Manolo’s true love for music.”

When I was a kid in Mexico City, my best friend passed away. I was very little and I was very angry at the world. My mother said, ‘Well, I’m going to teach you about the Day of the Dead.’ That’s how I learned about it. And she said, 'Your friend is here. As long as you talk about him, as long as you keep his name with you and you talk about him, you invite him to your birthday party, he’ll be here. And in a second he’s going to come visit.’ And so that’s what I did every year for my birthday and eventually he was my best man in my wedding. We just got married on The Day of the Dead November 2nd so he could be there. Every time I worked on the movie it was with him by my side, and the movie is dedicated to him. So I definitely have a connection to this holiday that is very personal.

“I have been pitching the story and people have been saying, ‘This is cool, but you’re never going to get it made.’ To other cultures it might seem dark, but the Day of the Dead is actually a very positive thing. It’s about joyfully remembering the people no longer with us.”

another (really poorly drawn) trophy for mexopolis and The Book of Life <3

because in what other fandom does the creator reblog a ton of the art and talk with fans on Twitter so regularly and answer so many of our questions, and host a viewing party, and sign our artbooks with “your amigo”… the list goes on. awarded to Jorge Gutierrez by me and probably the rest of us as a whole, for being an amazing creator and person!!

(i’m holding you to that amigo thing, btw. we are friends now. my book says so)





This man is the best! ^__________^