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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)


(as Jorge R. Gutierrez), (as Doug Langdale)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 27 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)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

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


$50,150,619 (USA) (20 February 2015)

Company Credits

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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 »


Carlos Sanchez: All of the Sanchezes have been bullfighters. All of them.
Grandma: I was a beast in the ring. A beast!
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The Apology Song
Lyrics by Paul Williams
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Performed by Diego Luna
Produced by Gustavo Santaolalla and Anibal Kerpel
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User Reviews

Best animated film - a must see & a true masterpiece!
21 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This movie was absolutely stunning and for many reasons - from the characters, to the designs in their clothing, the different lands, the gods, everything was just so pleasing to look at.

I felt that the character development was immaculate. As I was watching, I had become very attached to each character and it was so easy to be fully immersed in the story. You went through all the emotions and feelings with the cast, and the voice acting was just so very believable.

Diego Luna's singing was captivating as you didn't have to question if his emotion was real. The music itself was gorgeous and deserves so much recognition, I especially enjoyed the mariachi renditions, I found them fun and catchy, some even better than the originals. There is a modern mix of songs but I have to say it was complimentary to the plot and was what I would consider a little something for the adults in the audience.

The story was something you would think Walt Disney himself would have given a thumbs up for. The plot and overall story telling was phenomenal. There was something for everyone - romance, comedy, heart warming moments, and action as well as adventure all nestled into a positive message you can take away from it.

In summation, this movie deserves many awards as it embodies the whole package. It was outstandingly well made and thought out, and the casting was wonderful. I hope that it receives all the recognition it deserves. I recommend this film to everyone and I will most definitely be picking up my copy when it is released. I feel as though this movie far surpasses any of the most recent Disney films, with Beauty and the Beast being the only contender. I rate this movie 10/10

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