Jorge R. Gutiérrez (@mexopolis), the co-creator of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and director of The Book of Life, returned to Nick to tell us about his journey in animation, including all his successes and (welcomed) failures in between.
Three SERIOUSLY UNDERRATED Movies I just watched recently:
1. Strange Magic
A work by freaking Lucasfilm/George Lucas himself!
Did not expect it to be a musical, very much cringe worthy—but once you look past that, this movie has stunningly beautiful animation!
Not to mention the plot is actually kind of interesting. THIS coming from the same man who brought us STAR WARS and we know how well those relationships work out half of the time *cough* Anidala *cough*—but it is a movie ENTIRELY about LOVE! I kid you not.
Though a few places are indeed very very much a cringe, other parts have me squealing like a fangirl! I wish I would have heard about it sooner!
So I guess 2013-2014 were just the years to have stunning visual animation for forest-related characters, in movies that both basically flop in the box office.
Epic was a little slow at times, but it was funny, unique, and had a few very memorable characters!
I will not lie to you, I am a sucker for ships, and Ronin and Queen Tara never cease to make my heart ache for a whole week after I watch this movie. T_T If you watch for nothing else, at least enjoy the beautiful visuals, A-list voice acting cast, and the FRICKING relationship between the Queen and the most badass guy in this whole movie!
3. Book of Life
So, aside from slamming me with the crippling nostalgia of watching El Tigre on Nickelodeon as a kid, this movie is witty, gorgeous, and (again unfortunately) more of a musical than I typically look for.
STILL! I cannot believe it took me THIS long to watch it! It was fun, exciting, and busted all sorts of chops for various people and stereotypes.
Plus, the fandom for this movie is ridiculously awesome! Jorge R. Gutierrez is very open with the fans with his info/rumors of sequels, and the voice cast nearly killed me. Channing Tatum was one thing, but DIEGO LUNA is the main character! We’re talking Cassian Andor with more than 5 lines of dialogue and a leading role!
And let me tell you about La Muerte and Xibalba—the OTP I didn’t know existed or that I needed in my life—their personalities are so different from what I was expecting and I love everything this movie did to make me think vs what I saw.
Plus it is produced by Guillermo Del Toro—I’ve been seeing his name so much recently—seriously, what does this guy not do!?
So those are the 3. This is just my opinions of things based on recent exposure to the films, and they aren’t the best movies I’ve ever seen by far, but they were enough to be exciting and they definitely deserve more love than they were given! —or at least more exposure so it didn’t take me this long to watch…
A huge talent joins the Long Gone Gulch cast: Eric Bauza as the gritty villain Mako!
Eric is an absolute chameleon when it comes to voice acting. His range is so incredibly dynamic you’d be surprised at the vast variety of characters he plays (see attached image). He’s played everything from heroes to villains and silly to serious. Among his most well known are White Pantera (El Tigre), Foop (Fairly Odd Parents), Tiger Claw (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Budeuce (Breadwinners) and more recently he landed roles as Baby Fozzie for the upcoming Muppet Babies show and Master Splinter in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He’s also currently voicing some great classic characters as well, such as Marvin the Martian, Woody Woodpecker and The Beagle Boys (all of them!)
When bringing Mako to life, Eric brought a great mixture of threatening villainy and comedic timing. He’s been a long time friend of our’s and we always knew we wanted him involved!
Uh, well... if you don't mind me rambling some more, in the art you recently drew I can't help but wonder what if by punching the floor the two(or 3 with Frida) actually ended up in the land of the dead?(or in some other way) That way they can see Hector, que the heartwarming reunion... and then shenanigins. And if Frida's also good with music then there being an epic trio of music playing!