The Book of Life Director Made Me Laugh -- and Cry

October 8, 2014 10:52 PM

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The first time I met animator Jorge Gutierrez, director of the dazzling new animated musical film The Book of Life, he made me laugh. I interviewed him at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009 about his new animated series on Nickelodeon, El Tigre. He told me that he and his wife Sandra Equihua, co-creator of the series, had attended San Diego Comic-Con for years as volunteers because they could not afford tickets. For the first time, they could be there without having to be on duty, and he was thrilled. "This is Nerdstock," he said, "And I am Senor Nerd!"

Five years later, I interviewed him again to discuss The Book of Life, the story of a love triangle that becomes the subject of a wager between the rulers of the two lands of the afterlife. The Land of the Remembered is presided over by the sultry La Muerte (Kate del Castillo). The Land of the Forgo...

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