'The Book of Life,' 'Kingsman' lead Fox's eclectic Comic Con peeks

Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:58pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Action, comedy, animation and dystopia made up an eclectic slate of upcoming films that 20th Century Fox presented at Comic Con on Friday, hoping to engage the convention's avid fan base.

Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman lent some star power to the presentation, introducing clips from "The Book of Life," an intricately designed animated film based around the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.

"The Day of the Dead is very dear and near to my heart, I got married on that day because one of my best friends had passed away and I wanted him to be there and that was the day he would be," director Jorge Gutierrez said.

Executive producer Guillermo Del Toro, a fan favorite at Comic Con, said he became involved with "The Book of Life" because he felt it "needed me," describing it as "a gorgeous and magical movie."

Tatum, who stars in his first leading animated role in "The Book of Life," said "I jumped at it right away, it seemed so punk rock to do a film with this backdrop."

The film features contemporary music from bands such as Radiohead and Mumford & Sons, not usually the music featured in animated films. Rapper Biz Markie came out on stage and performed "Just a Friend," one of the songs featured in the film, spurring an impromptu dance party among the cast on stage.

"I grew up in Tijuana, so all the American music, I saw it go south and it became the soundtrack of my life," he said. "'Creep' (by Radiohead) was one of the songs I grew up with."

Laughs were provided by clips of comedies "Let's Be Cops," a goofy bromance with two men who pretend to be police, and "Kingsman: The Secret Service," a comedy spinning a twist on the classic British spy genres defined by the James Bond franchise.   Continued...

Cast member Channing Tatum poses at a press line for "Book of Life" during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni