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Guillermo del Toro Returns to Mexico with an Animated Epic, ‘Day of the Dead’

Guillermo del Toro Returns to Mexico with an Animated Epic, 'Day of the Dead'

Guillermo del Toro will produce a new animated movie for Reel FX, titled "Day of the Dead." The  CG-animated picture, directed by Emmy award-winner Jorge R. Gutierrez ("El Tigre"), is set for a fall 2014 release.

This isn't del Toro's first stab at animation; he produced 2012 Oscar nominee "Puss in Boots" as well as "Kung Fu Panda 2." However, it does mark the first time in almost 20 years — since "Cronos," in 1993 — that he has collaborated on a feature set in Mexico.

Reel FX bills the film as "a 'Romeo and Juliet' style love story set against a Mexican 'Day of the Dead' backdrop."

"I have admired Jorge's work for a long time," del Toro said in a statement. "He has a unique aesthetic and sense of humor. 'Day of the Dead' offers a perfect opportunity for his sensibilities to shine.  This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way. The object of the tale is not only to talk about life but to dazzle us – jolt us- into living to the fullest."

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