A cast of colorful and friendly calaveras (Spanish for skull) are hitting the big screens to tell the animated story of the Mexican holiday known as “Day of the Dead.”
Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum team up to tell the vivid and unique story of three friends in the upcoming animated comedy film “The Book of Life.”
Meet Manolo (Luna), Maria (Saldana) and Joaquin (Tatum), three childhood friends caught in a love triangle, where Manolo and Joaquin are in the fight to win Maria’s heart.
“Manolo and my character Joaquin were best friends, we were all like the Three Musketeers,” said Channing Tatum, discussing his first major animated role, according to USA Today.
“But craziness ensues as the gods wager. Things happen that people won’t expect, I can guarantee that.”
The story focuses on Luna’s character, Manolo, and his journey to finding out who he is.
The film is directed by Mexican natives Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro, who bring the story of Dia de Muertos celebrated on Nov. in Mexico.
“I have been pitching the story and people have been saying, ‘This is cool, but you’re never going to get it made,’ ” said movie director Gutierrez.
“To other cultures it might seem dark, but the Day of the Dead is actually a very positive thing. It’s about joyfully remembering the people no longer with us.”
And positive it is, as the 3-D computer animated film conveys an important message.
“It goes to a place of sour grapes and deep hurt to the point of losing their friendship,” said Tatum. “But friendship always wins. That’s the message of this story: love and friendship and what you’re willing to sacrifice for these ideas.”
The three amigos are joined by a promising cast, which includes some of Latino’s finest such as, Eugenio Derbez, Kate del Castillo, Gabriel Iglesias, Placido Dominguez, Danny Trejo and music by Gustavo Santaolalla.
“The Book of Life,” produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox, will hit theaters later this year on October 17.