Jorge Gutierrez Feasts on Book of Life

As an ode to Mexico and animation, The Book of Life is a breakthrough for both Jorge Gutierrez and Reel FX. Experimental yet accessible with a stunning visual look and tactile nature, it reminds us that the most personal stories can also be universal.

Bill Desowitz: It took you 14 years to bring Book of Life to life. It’s stylistically rich and such a warm story about family and remembrance. Tell me about the experience for you.

Jorge Gutierrez: It was like my birthday party every day. But there were some rough days when I was the pinata and everyone got to hit me. The Day of the Dead has always been a very important part of my life. It’s a very festive celebration of the life of those who are no longer with us. And so ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved this holiday. And this movie is not about Day of the Dead but for me, it’s the aesthetic and the look of it. It’s so cool and people love it. It’s now about punk rock and tattoos. But my favorite part is the message behind it and this idea that as long as we sing the songs of those that came before us and tell their jokes, they’re here with us. And the moment we don’t say their names and don’t talk about them, then they truly are gone. And that message is what I wanted the whole world to get about this movie.

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