According to Jorge R. Gutierrez, the writer and director of the Golden Globe award nominee; The Book of Life, he admires these three films and that they have worked as inspirational projects for his own film
"You can see things from these films in The Book Of Life, because I love those movies... For example all the characters seemed to be made of wood, because I wanted to make a tribute to the Mexican traditional toys and also because Pinocchio is one of my favorites animated films, I grew up watching that film." - Jorge R. Gutierrez
Jorge R. Gutierrez a Mexican graduate from CalArts, manages to accomplish something not seen very often in the film industry. He made a successful movie for all audiences based on a very local and "out of Hollywood" tradition: El Día de Muertos, (Day of the Death) a Mexican tradition that celebrates the life of the dead. All of this with the help of Guillermo Del Toro, who decided to take on the film after seeing Jorge's previous projects.
Danny Trejo, who gives the voice to Skeleton Luis in the film, told us that he really loves to do animated films: "When you go and see the final version, you get as excited as the audience, because there are lines that doesn't seem to make sense while recording them, but when you see the character saying them it completely takes another meaning." Trejo told Moviepilot.
"I've killed three bulls... I really love that line from the script" - Danny Trejo
Trejo, who has being making movies for a wide range of audiences, also told us that he loves when small kids recognize his voice and tell him their favorite lines from his characters.
The Book of Life, which also features the voices of Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, and Zoe Saldana, is out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital now!
I highly recommend you pick up your own personal copy as soon as absolutely possible!