New film 'Book of Life' animates Day of the Dead

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Updated: 7/14 11:20 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guillermo del Toro is helping to open the "Book of Life."

The Oscar winner is producing the animated feature by first-time director Jorge Gutierrez, and joined him at Fox Studios on Monday to unveil footage from the film.

"Book of Life" is rich with imagery from Mexican folklore, with a special emphasis on the Day of the Dead, the food- and music-filled celebration of the annual return of the spirits of deceased loved ones.

The story centers on two best friends angling for the girl of their dreams, not realizing that otherworldly powers have a stake in the outcome.

Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Diego Luna lead the voice cast. The film features ranchera interpretations of popular songs by Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Rod Stewart and others.

It opens Oct. 17.

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