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The Book of Life (2014)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  17 October 2014 (USA)
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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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(as Jorge R. Gutierrez) , (as Doug Langdale)
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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 Maria (voice)
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Skeleton Jorge (voice)
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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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Rated PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images | See all certifications »

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17 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Dead  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,005,218 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$50,150,619 (USA) (20 February 2015)
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The original songs "I Love You Too Much" and "The Apology Song" were co-written by Paul Williams. According to director Gutierrez, when he approached Williams, the composer assumed it was because he had co-written the Oscar-nominated "Rainbow Connection" for The Muppet Movie (1979) and was surprised to find that it was because of Gutierrez's love for Williams' rock musical Phantom of the Paradise (1974) See more »

Quotes

Joaquin: Hey, Chakal! Why don't you pick on someone your own size?
Bandit: 'Cause no one's that big, man.
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Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
Traditional
Performed by Plácido Domingo
Produced by Gustavo Santaolalla and Anibal Kerpel
Plácido Domingo performs courtesy of Sony Masterworks
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Don't miss this special animated film!
15 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful animated film. Very unique in comparison to other animated films out there. I loved that it had funny parts - for adults as well as kids - but it isn't a silly comedy. It is a gorgeous, epic folkloric tale of family, tradition and finding your own way. I laughed and cried, and my kids loved it as much as I did. My kids (ages 3.5 and 5.5) both were entranced and never got bored or scared watching this film. For families: it wasn't scary at all. I worried maybe the "skeleton" painted Day of the Dead characters may be creepy but they weren't at all. The sets and characters were all very beautiful and unique. The Land of the Remembered was especially visually stunning. I found it especially touching as a parent of young kids with numerous generations in "our village" helping raise my kids and help carry each other through life's highs and lows. I was reminded by this film of the importance of all the generations that came before us - how we are shaped by our families. How we learn from and must respect those who came before us. That was a nice message for me and my kids. But, it also shows that, while we respect, learn from and inherit gifts from our fore-bearers, we also have a responsibility to be true to ourselves, to make our own way and find our true calling. It was also touchingly romantic. It felt very genuine and warm throughout but the sweet romantic story was especially touching. You could tell a lot of love went into making this film. I hope it does well - it should on its own merit!


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Misleading title. Should be: "Mexican Book of Life" bello-825-323317
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