New ‘Book of Life’ Trailer is Out

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The latest trailer for Fox’s The Book of Life opens up the festive-looking world of the film with new plot points like a love triangle and the introduction of new characters, among them the Candle Maker portrayed by Ice Cube. The Jorge Gutierrez-directed, Reel FX-produced film will be out in the U.S. on October 17. We wrote about the first trailer a few months ago.

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  • Copper

    Visually I think it looks amazing and I love seeing a new look for CG films.. but the humor in these trailers I’m not feeling so much. Maybe I’m just a grouch, but I didn’t find it funny at all really. Just seems like the same safe, predictable humor we see in most animated films. But I’m hoping this is one of those cases where the trailer gives a bad representation of the final film. I’ll definitely see it in theaters and I’m hoping for the best.

    • Fried

      I didn’t find it very funny either, but I noticed a lot of the lines were not synced to the lips so it’s possible either lines were imposed for the sake of the trailer (Similar to How to Train Your Dragon trailer, lines like “You are so busted.” by Astrid weren’t even in the film) or they were taken from other points of the scene and put in here.

      Or it could be that the humor really is that predictable, but I’d like to be optimistic for this film. Even if it’s not very funny to me, I’d hope it’s still a solid film. Classics like Beauty and the Beast don’t make me laugh anymore but I wouldn’t call that bad.

    • End Denver

      Agreed. Shame that one of the best looking CG features in ages creates this absolutely gorgeous alternate world and then repeatedly
      drags you back to reality with unfunny modern cultural references
      because some idiot producer told the screenwriters it needed a few jokes for the older crowd.

    • James VanDam

      Rapunzel had a lot of dumb humor in its trailer but turned out to be good.

  • End Denver

    Is it just me or does this trailer appear to contradict a pretty crucial plot point that was revealed in the first trailer? i.e. entering the land of the dead via a Faustian bargain with Ron Perlman rather than a snake bite. Just seems weird.

    • jhalpernkitcat

      Yeah, I noticed that too–the first trailer portrayed it as a bet between two spirits over which man would get the girl and the Ron Perlman one being a rather sore loser–and a great cheater. Most likely, what we are seeing here is the main protagonist getting his bearings straight on what he needs to do in order to return back to the world of the living–most likely, complete these three tasks, or remain here forever.

    • Casey

      I think it’s been edited down a bunch

  • George Comerci

    It….it ended the exact same way as the first one >.<

  • Jack Rabbit

    lookin forward to this one, everybody!

  • jhalpernkitcat

    I really don’t like the constant comments of this being a “Corpse Bride” rip off–or Mexican variant of “Corpse Bride.” Aside from a love triangle (This one being between two male suitors rather than a living and a dead bride to be) and the shy but likable male protagonist being thrown into a colorful representation of the land of the dead way before his time, I really don’t see that many similarities. While one of the male suitors is obviously vain and arrogant, he really does not seem like Lord Barkis Bittern from CB who simply wanted Victoria for her (thought to be) fortune. So yeah, I just see this film as a separate representation of the land of the dead based upon totally different folklore. (Corpse Bride was actually based upon an old Jewish folktale)

    • Copper

      Your comment is the first time I’ve seen someone compare it to Corpse Bride.

      • jhalpernkitcat

        There are several comments like that on the trailer on youtube. Also, the previous post about this film–and its first trailer, someone from here called it “Corpse Bride Goes South”

  • jhalpernkitcat

    As for the movie itself, I still want to see it–it’s definitely visually stunning and I did get a giggle out of “Come at me, bro!”

  • Ian Cook

    I actually don’t mind the CGI, but I see what you mean. Stop-motion would have really complemented the puppet like designs of the characters.

  • http://www.alex-loayza.com/ Chickengirl

    interesting how this trailer totally changed the story from the first trailer. In this one it implies that the male protagonist goes to the land of the dead to win his true love, while in the first trailer, he gets killed because two characters from the land of the dead wager a bet who will win the leading lady and one of them cheats by having the protagonist killed because he knows he’s gonna lose the bet…

    honestly, if I hadn’t loved El Tigre so much, I would prolly pass this one up. I LOVE the character designs(although the female characters remind me of Bratz dolls) but the VA’s for some of the characters feel so mismatched, it was kinda jarring for me. That’s one thing that’s always bugged me about animated feature films that throw in some A-list or B-List celebrity voice over, do they do it because they think they’ll get more seats in the theaters, or do they truly believe this actor’s voice fits best for the character?

    It looks like it’ll be a fun movie though

    • DangerMaus

      I suspect that the answer to using A or B-list celebrities as VAs is a mix of both reasons but leans more to celebrity pull putting butts in seats than casting for proper characterization.

      I couldn’t help but think this movie might have had an added layer if they had used Mexican or Spanish speaking VA’s and English subtitles.

  • Christian Bermejo

    Yes, this.

  • L_Ron_Hoover

    Amazing looking film but that voice acting…jeez…it kills a lot of the hard work.

  • bob

    wow, i really expected you to trash this trailer. I mean, a white ice cube character? Channing Tatum staring in a mexican themed movie? No comments about money grabbing? Nothing? I guess you save those thoughts for Blue Sky and PDI? Maybe if you remember that this company is also owned by Fox, like Blue Sky, it would help you you keep things fair and hate things equally. Or… I guess you could just be more respectful to everyone.

    • Pinto_bean

      This movie was done by Reel FX and they are not owned by Fox so I don’t get at what you are saying. as to white actors playing Hispanic roles – yeah it sucks. I guess white actors in black face singing “Mammy” is too un-PC but white actors in brown face is okey-dokey.

  • big bad balloon

    Ice Cube “Today was a good day”. Clever.

    • http://joecorrao.blogspot.com/ Joe Corrao

      you saw what they did there right, right!

  • DangerMaus

    It’s strange, but I thought the same thing when I was watching the trailer. The film doesn’t look bad in CG, but I couldn’t help but think it would have looked even more fantastic as a stop-motion film, given the subject matter.

  • Matthew Broussard

    “Not your average princess”

    Since when are there ever average princesses in animated films? Aren’t all writers socially obligated to write their princesses as strong, sassy, independent women who kick butt and don’t ever need rescuing?

    • Fried

      If you take into consideration how many stories have a damsel in distress since the beginning of storytelling and then add all the ones with today, the “average princess” is still one who is helpless, frail, delicate, and solves problems with words.

      You’re confusing average princess with modern princess.

  • Maddie

    Haha, don’t worry Jorge, we won’t share your secret. Your real secret…

  • http://aaandb.blogspot.com Aaron R.R.R. Nance

    I’m looking forward to this movie but I do agree that it would have been gorgeous in stop motion. I’m also really excited about this short film:

    http://www.cinemafantasma.com/site/cinemafantasma/revoltoso

    It’s stop motion and has a visual style that I would love to have seen in Book of Life. At any rate, I’m sure I’ll enjoy both.

  • RCooke

    It’s so busy and all over the place, I’m never quite sure where to look. And the dialogue puts it squarely in the “usual children’s movie” category, only parents will probably be frightened by it enough to keep the kids at home. For a committed to death film animated in India, it could be worse: it could be that terrible turkey movie that came out last year.

  • Bruce

    Since his film “Carmelo” at Cal Arts Mr Gutierrez has been consistent of vision and more global in his thinking than what “we are use to”. It may reference other films to a degree, it also furthers a belief on what animation is meant to do: Takes you someplace that is only possible through the use of animation and make all believers. I hope it does very well.

  • marti386

    Looks cool. It reminds me a lot of the old LucasArts classic Grim Fandango.

  • Ahmad

    It might be just my opinion but I found the colours too distracting to concentrate or pay attention to anything in the screen. Maybe I am old style but rules of compositing in films or design is that the use of Harmony, contrast and weight is to direct your audience view to whats important in the scene, to follow a story. I understand these elements still exist in this film, but the surrounding crowdedness of colours and details can be very confusing.

  • http://joecorrao.blogspot.com/ Joe Corrao

    style…good…want…more

  • DC

    Visually, this film continues to impress. Story and humor-wise, it continues to disappoint. I’m really hoping it’s not as cliched and predictable as these trailers would have you believe.