Look, I’m Hispanic, and I’m excited about The Book of Life. While I may not actively celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, I’ve always loved the universal nature of the celebrations connected to it and how we as a culture are always willing to share it with others, despite how some may look down upon us for encouraging “cultural appropriation”. But, tumbkr, come on, The Book of Life is NOT the first mainstream animated movie to “portray another culture” nor is it the “first step in getting more animated movies to portray culture”. First, culture is a broad term, and if we’re using the definition “ideals, language, design, and spirituality drawn from the roots and history of a societal region”, then we have examples of Aborigine, Polynesian, Mesopotamian, Scottish, Aztec, Celtic, Native American, Indian, Brazilian, Nigerian, YES Mexican, and Spanish, just… Countless cultures in animation, even without leaving major studios and second, you’re ignoring a lot of movies here even if you disregard Disney, as many of you do for whatever reason.
The characters in the movie are not the “first and only representation of Hispanic and/or Mexican protagonists, even as part of an ensemble in animation.” Just… Yikes, no, you’re ignoring a lot of characters and performances there. I mean, tumblr, you’re often praising The Road to El Dorado, and Audrey Ramirez from Atlantis and suddenly they don’t exist? And this film is not the “last example of a Latin character in animation we will have for a while” as not even a month from now Big Hero 6 comes out with Honey Lemon, and that’s just the immediate future.
Basically, I agree that The Book of Life is a significant release for animation in both content and timing of release, but in your efforts to praise it and explain to people why they should support it, I really wish you’d stop erasing the past. Despite the misinformed attitudes and assumptions this site carries about animation, the medium HAS made significant progress since the racist shorts of the 20’s-50’s that were products of their time, and in some ways animation has proven more flexible and varied than live action film and television both in ideals and execution.
Yes, go see The Book of Life, but please don’t ignore the strides the medium has taken to get here when you do.