I have always thought that the Mexican Day of the Dead was a fascinating holiday. When I went to Mexico, I brought back a suitcase full of memorabilia from this holiday that coincides (at least partially) with Halloween. The Day of the Dead figures are happy skeletons--wearing clothes and doing many of the things they did while alive. Interestingly enough, HASTA LOS HUESOS ("Down To The Bone") is a Mexican claymation short that looks like the Day of the Dead characters come to life, so to speak.
The short begins with a funeral. Suddenly, the guy inside the coffin wakes up and you think he's been buried alive. However, when the bottom of the coffin opens up and he drops into the afterlife, you know he truly is dead. Almost all the happy singing and dancing beings in this world are skeletal and throughout most of this festive atmosphere, a flesh-eating worm keeps popping up to devour the newest arrival.
All in all, it's a very dark but funny film. On top of that, the animation quality of the stop-motion clay figures is amazingly good. Not quite up to the standards set by Aardman (probably the best in the world when it comes to this) but very, very close as well as entertaining. Fun and well worth seeing--especially if you like your humor a bit on the macabre side.
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