Day of the Dead is everywhere these days; calaveras have been adopted by everyone from punks to Pixar. But for The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, the holiday isn't just about the cool visuals; it's also intensely personal.
During the Book of Life panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Gutierrez and Book of Life producer Guillermo del Toro showed off a trailer for their upcoming animated film cut specifically for the Comic-Con audience. We were impressed by the first trailer when we watched it on our laptops, but seeing it on the big screens during the panel was something else entirely. All of the celebratory madness of the afterlife is jaw-dropping in its detail and beauty. The puppet-like quality of the main characters, the candy colors of the Land of the Remembered, the larger-than-life gods — it all looks glorious.