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The Book of Life (2014)

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Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

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(as Jorge R. Gutierrez)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Manolo (voice)
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Maria (voice)
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Joaquin (voice)
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Xibalba (voice)
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Mary Beth (voice)
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Candle Maker (voice)
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La Muerte (voice)
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Carlos Sanchez (voice)
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Skeleton Luis (voice)
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General Posada / Dali / Chuy (voice)
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Skeleton Carmen (voice)
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Young Manolo (voice)
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Young Joaquin (voice) (as Elias Garza)
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Young Maria (voice)
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Skeleton Jorge (voice)
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Storyline

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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Dead  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,005,218, 17 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,151,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,783,556
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The second time ice cube and Channing Tatum starred in movies in 2014. See more »

Goofs

After Manolo defeats the boar and General Posada declares he is sending Maria to Spain, a piglet urinates on Manolo's pants, but there is no visible stain of urine on Manolo's pants. See more »

Quotes

Pepe Rodriguez: I'm allergic to dying!
Pancho Rodriguez: Especially in the face!
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Connections

Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Plácido Domingo
Produced by Gustavo Santaolalla and Anibal Kerpel
Plácido Domingo performs courtesy of Sony Masterworks
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A Frustrating Sit
24 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Book of Life is so close to greatness, yet so far. I liked the characters. I liked the scope. I loved the animation, one of the few times 3D animation is as stylized as 2D. A complete rewrite and an additional 20 minutes could have made Book of Life an 8 or higher. Sadly, Book of Life has one of the most atrocious scripts I've seen in the theater. Its a dumb, annoying, unfunny movie, built for the modern kid over the family.

I can't go into every grievance I have. I was fuming in the theater, and just blazing in the car. The framing device is pointless. The narration is completely unnecessary. They can't decide to criticize or embrace their love triangle. There's tons of stupid slapstick characters. Serious moments are ruined by jokes. Characters speak in modern lingo. Plot points are brought up and resolved with a hand-wave.

Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid! I feel like the writers should have taken a 101 college class, if only to learn "Show, don't tell!" Its humor lacks creativity or timing, and only hampers a relatively serious story. Book of Life is an inept train-wreck, saved by its artistry (I'm surprised it only cost $50 million).

Personally, I'd only recommend it for the die-hard fans of animation, or parents with nothing else to do. Its the most disappointing movie I've seen this year.


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