1st wild, quirky trailer for del Toro's new CGI animated flick The Book of Life

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May 30, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT (Updated)

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new animated fantasy flick The Book of Life has arrived, and this looks like it could be one heck of a fun film.

Produced by del Toro and directed by relative newcomer Jorge Gutierrez, the film follows a love triangle that goes absolutely bonkers when the gods start mucking around in the affairs of mortals with a little wager. The film takes its visual style from the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, and is easily one of the most unique animated movies we’ve seen in ages.

The film will feature the voice talent of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, Hector Elizondo and Placido Domingo.

Here’s the full synopsis:

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.  Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. To us, it definitely seems to have a few of del Toro’s fingerprints on it, which is a good thing:

The film opens Oct. 17 in 3D.

(Via Collider)