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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.


(as Jorge R. Gutierrez)


(screenplay by) (as Jorge R. Gutierrez), (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »


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


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  »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Jorge Gutierrez was also the creator of the animated Nickelodeon show El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. See more »


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 »


Manolo: I know about the wager. Xibalba cheated!
La Muerte: He did what?
Manolo: Yeah! With a two-headed snake!
[La Muerte starts to boil with rage]
Candle Maker: [to Manolo, Carmen and Luis] You might wanna cover your ears right now.
La Muerte: [yelling with rage as her candles brightens the Land of the Forgotten] XIIIII... BAAAAL... BAAAAAAAA!
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References El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007) See more »


The Ecstasy of Gold
Written by Ennio Morricone
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Perfect for kids but even better for adults
20 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

First lets; clarify; I am not Mexican nor any in my family and friend group; however it has been a long long time since we catch kids movie able to captivate 5,6,7 or 8 year old girls and boy and the parents that took them. Just the quality, colors and artistry of the images; makes the movie worth; but the subject matter is even more impressive. How many times you were able to really laugh on a subject matter like death and make children (and adults) happy with an adventure that is pure entertainment but also gives a quite poetic look at life and dead. In brief; take your children to see it as an excuse; you probably will enjoy it even more. Forget PIXAR formula products; this is just a masterpiece

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