The afterlife looks like a candy-coated party in Guillermo del Toro's upcoming animated film The Book of Life, inspired by the Day of the Dead. These new images from the film introduce us to the main characters and give us a sense of the wacky land of the dead.

USA Today debuted these images from The Book of Life, which is produced by del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez. The film focuses on three characters, Manolo (Diego Luna), Joaquin (Channing Tatum), and Maria (Zoe Saldana), best friends from childhood whose lives are stirred up after the gods place a wager on whether Joaquin or Manolo will ultimately win Maria's heart.

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Here's the synopsis:

The story focuses on the romantic, strong-jawed Manolo, who has big problems besides the growing competition with his best friend. Manolo dreams of breaking away from his family's rich history of bullfighting to play the guitar, much to the dismay of his father, the world's greatest matador (Hector Elizondo) and super-macho grandfather (Danny Trejo).

This journey takes him from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Remembered, where people who have lived complete lives, and are remembered among the living, go after they die. A final, daunting destination is The Land of the Forgotten, where those who have died with unfulfilled lives dwell.

Along the way Manolo meets his bullfighter great-grandfather, who always wanted to be an opera singer (Placido Domingo) but never followed his dream. There are also wild characters including Candle Maker (rapper Ice Cube), an ancient god with a body of wax and a beard made of clouds.

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While most of these images seem to focus on the Land of the Living, we're excited to see more of the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten. With all those animal-faced buildings and skull-shaped hot-air balloons, the afterlife looks like a great deal of fun.

Sneak peek: Fantastical journey in 'The Book of Life' [USA Today via /Film]

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