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The Book of Life -- 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 fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
The Book of Life -- 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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The Book of Life -- 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.
The Book of Life -- 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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Writers:
Jorge R. Gutiérrez (written by) &
Douglas Langdale (written by)
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Release Date:
17 October 2014 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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Messy and overstuffed, but crackling with life, energy and colour. See more (104 total) »

Cast

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Diego Luna ... Manolo (voice)

Zoe Saldana ... Maria (voice)

Channing Tatum ... Joaquin (voice)

Ron Perlman ... Xibalba (voice)

Christina Applegate ... Mary Beth (voice)

Ice Cube ... Candle Maker (voice)

Kate del Castillo ... La Muerte (voice)

Hector Elizondo ... Carlos Sanchez (voice)

Danny Trejo ... Skeleton Luis (voice)

Carlos Alazraqui ... General Posada / Dali / Chuy (voice)

Ana de la Reguera ... Skeleton Carmen (voice)

Emil-Bastien Bouffard ... Young Manolo (voice)

Elijah Rodriguez ... Young Joaquin (voice) (as Elias Garza)

Genesis Ochoa ... Young Maria (voice)

Plácido Domingo ... Skeleton Jorge (voice)

Jorge R. Gutiérrez ... Skeleton Carmelo (voice) (as Jorge R. Gutierrez)

Eugenio Derbez ... Chato (voice)

Gabriel Iglesias ... Pepe Rodriguez (voice)
Trey Bumpass ... Goth Kid / Orphan (voice)

Dan Navarro ... Chakal (voice)
Kennedy Peil ... Sasha (voice) (as Kennedy 'KK' Peil)

Miguel Sandoval ... Land of the Remembered Captain (voice)

Grey DeLisle ... Grandma (voice)

Ben Gleib ... Goya / Dali (voice)
Ricardo El Mandril Sanchez ... Pablo Rodriguez (voice) (as Ricardo Sanchez 'Mandril')

Cheech Marin ... Pancho Rodriguez (voice)
Ishan Sharma ... Sanjay (voice)

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes ... Adelita / Nina (voice)
Sandra Equihua ... Scardelita (voice)
Callahan Clark ... Jane (voice)

Gunnar Sizemore ... Ignacio (voice)

Angélica María ... Sister Ana (voice)
Eric Bauza ... Father Domingo / Cave Guardian (voice)
Aron Warner ... Thomas (voice)

Sandra Echeverría ... Claudia (voice)

Tonita Castro ... La Muerte as Old Woman (voice)

Troy Evans ... Old Man Hemingway (voice)

Guillermo del Toro ... Land of the Remembered Captain's Wife (voice)

Brad Booker ... Conductor (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rosemary Alexander ... Additional Voices (voice)
Steve Alterman ... Additional Voices (voice)

Eva Bella ... Additional Voices (voice)

Madison Carlon ... Additional Voices (voice)

Vicki Davis ... Additional Voices (voice)
Moosie Drier ... Additional Voices (voice)
Maximilian Ehrenreich ... Manolo (voice: German version)

Cullen McCarthy ... Additional Voices (voice)

David Michie ... Additional Voices (voice)

Michelle Moores ... Additional Voices (voice)

Jonathan Nichols ... Additional Voices (voice)
Juan Pacheco ... Additional Voices (voice)

Al Rodrigo ... Additional Voices (voice)

Marcelo Tubert ... Additional Voices (voice)

Lynnanne Zager ... Additional Voices (voice)

Ruth Zalduondo ... Additional Voices (voice)

Jose Alvarez ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jorge R. Gutiérrez  (as Jorge R. Gutierrez)
 
Writing credits
Jorge R. Gutiérrez (written by) (as Jorge R. Gutierrez) &
Douglas Langdale (written by) (as Doug Langdale)

Produced by
Aaron Berger .... producer
Brad Booker .... producer
Guillermo del Toro .... producer
Chris DiGiovanni .... associate producer
Heather M. Drummons .... associate producer
Cary Granat .... executive producer
Ryan Harris .... development producer
Wes Lui .... House of Cool Unit Producer
Greg Lyons .... associate producer
Chuck Peil .... executive producer
Carina Schulze .... producer
Geoffrey Stott .... co-producer
Matthew Teevan .... co-producer
Aron Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo Santaolalla 
 
Film Editing by
Ahren Shaw 
 
Casting by
Christian Kaplan 
 
Production Design by
Paul Sullivan 
Simon Valdimir Varela 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Sullivan 
 
Production Management
Tim Archer .... studio post-production supervisor
Melissa Beery .... associate production manager
Katie Hasleham .... production manager
Jasmine Johnson .... production manager
Ari Patrick .... associate project manager
Cindy Rangel .... front end associate production manager
Kasey Smith .... associate production manager
Jonas Thaler .... post-production supervisor
Steven Weigle .... associate production manager
Steve Barnett .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lubomir Arsov .... additional story artist
Myke Bakich .... storyboard artist
Alfonso Blaas .... color artist
Ricardo Curtis .... head of story
Dustin D'Arnault .... visual development artist
Alison Donato .... visual development artist
Rod Douglas .... storyboard artist
Frederick J. Gardner III .... visual development artist
Joe Giampapa .... storyboard artist
Miguel Gonzalez .... visual development artist
Rustam Hasanov .... visual development artist/conceptual designer
Elise Hatheway .... visual development artist
Taylor Hsieh .... storyboard artist
Colin Jack .... storyboard artist
Ran Jing .... storyboard artist
Yashar Kassai .... visual development artist
Tiffany Leigh Kieran .... storyboard coordinator
Travis Koller .... visual development artist
Daniel Lafrance .... storyboard artist
Jordan Lamarre-Wan .... visual development artist
Bryan Gregg LaShelle .... visual development artist
Sarah Marino .... visual development artist
Ken Mitchroney .... story artist
David Mouser .... Art Department Coordinator
Rodrigo Perez-Castro .... story artist
Megan Petasky .... additional designer
Tod Polson .... concept art
Tod Polson .... conceptual design
Katie Rice .... storyboard artist
Shane Richardson .... visual development artist
Clayton Stillwell .... concept artist
Jeffrey Thompson .... additional story artist
James Yavorsky .... model artist
 
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
David Betancourt .... adr mixer
Beau Borders .... re-recording mixer
T.J. Callaway .... temp sound editor
Charlie Campagna .... sound effects recordist
Derek Casari .... adr stage engineer
Blake Collins .... foley mixer
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Julie Feiner .... adr editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... supervising sound editor
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Andy King .... re-recording mixer
Andy Koyama .... re-recording mixer
Kyle D. Krajewski .... original dialogue recordist
Roy Latham .... original dialogue mixer
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Mark A. Mangini .... additional re-recording mixer
Jared Marshack .... re-recording mix technician
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Jessie Pariseau .... first assistant sound editor
Margit Pfeiffer .... supervising dialogue & ADR editor
Frank Pittenger .... sound recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound designer
Brian Seagrave .... audio conform
Carlos Sotolongo .... original dialogue mixer
John Soukup .... sound transfer recordist
Gordon Sproule .... additional adr engineer
Masanobu 'Tomi' Tomita .... sound effects editor
Tim Walston .... sound designer
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor
Scott Wolf .... sound effects editor
Peter Zinda .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Erich Turner .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Jake Albers .... compositor
Jeffrey Alcantara .... lighting and compositing supervisor
Andrew Anderson .... cfx supervisor
Kilian Aulenbacher .... matte painting technical director
Negin Bairami .... senior surfacing artist
Jinyi Baird .... lighter
Alberto Beguerie .... lighting and compositing artist
Ryan Bowden .... fx artist (Reel Fx)
Todd Boyce .... technical lighter
Diane Bradley .... surfacing artist
Garrett Broussard .... technical lighter
Ronn Brown .... matte painting supervisor
N. Joseph Burnette .... visual effects artist
Billy Burson III .... lighting and compositing artist
Michael Cacciamani .... lighting and compositing artist
Connon Carey .... visual effects artist
Joshua Carey .... rigging artist
Alan Chan .... look development lead
Jon Childress Farmer .... sets/env supervisor
David Cole .... lead digital colourist
David Cole .... supervising digital colourist
Kelsey Craig .... lighting/compositing artist (as Kelsey Randle)
Rachel Criscolo .... character FX artist: Reel FX
Lino Cristofaro .... modeler
Karen deJong .... matte painter
Tyler DeLisle .... lighting and compositing artist
Thomas DesJardins .... lighting and compositing artist
Caine Dickinson .... Senior Lighting/Compositing Artist: ReelFx
James Direen .... rigging artist
Robyn Ducharme .... lighting & compositing artist
Daniel Eaton .... lighter
Barbara Ellison .... character effects artist
Mike Fortner .... cg supervisor
Christopher Lee Fowler .... senior lighting and compositing artist
Denise Blakely Fuller .... matte painter
Anthony Fung .... visual effects artist
Tony Garza .... lighting lead
Tad A. Gielow .... pipeline technical director supervisor
Elias Glasch .... modeler
Ellyn Klein Golub .... visual effects coordinator (as Ellyn S. Klein)
Ashley Graham .... lighting & compositing artist
Caroleen Green .... senior matte painter
Daniel Guindi .... lighting and compositing artist
Todd Harper .... texture artist
Elizabeth Hauser Hemme .... lighting and compositing supervisor
Meg Higginbotham .... surfacing/texture artist
Doug Hogan .... lead compositor/lighter
Jessica Hogan .... lighting lead
Nick Hurm .... production services supervisor
Nick Ilyin .... visual effects artist
Michael Jefferies .... senior technical director
Casey Johnson .... animation technical director
Tom M. Jordan .... modeler
Ken Kanipe .... rigging artist
Matthew Kiefer .... lighting / compositing artist
Joe Kiser .... technical director
Bill Konersman .... effects animator
Keaton Kramer .... lighting and compositing artist
Marissa Krupen .... matte painter
Soongu Kwon .... cg modeler
Kendall Litaker .... pipeline technical director
Shu Liu .... visual effects artist
Bethany Lo .... lighting and compositing
Stephen Huynh Lu .... pipeline developer
Randall Manning .... lighting and compositing artist
Jeff Masters .... lighting lead
Connor McCampbell .... modeler
Peter McCord .... lighting and compositing artist
Daniel McCrummen .... rigging artist
Sean Ryan McEwan .... set dressing artist
Quay Mims .... lighting artist & digital compositor
Glo Minaya .... cg supervisor
Garrett Moring .... lighting and compositing artist
Nicholas Naugle .... lighting artist
Chas Naylor .... visual effects artist
Will Nicholson .... visual effects artist: opening logos
Liz Paradis .... modeler
Ehsan Parizi .... visual effects artist
Esther Parobek .... lighting & compositing artist
Christopher Penny .... pipeline development
Tymon Pitts .... pipeline developer
Ryan Prestridge .... technical matte painter
Chris Rasch .... visual effects artist
Meghann Robison .... surfacing artist
Jake Rusch .... visual effects artist
Monika Sawyer .... additional character effects development artist
Augusto Schillaci .... visual effects supervisor
Julie Schmalzried-Barrett .... production services technician
Nick Shirsty .... lighting and compositing artist
Sara Simon .... Senior surfacing artist and look dev
Kevin Taylor .... modeler
Julie Terrell .... technical lighting lead
Aaron Thedford .... lead surfacing artist
Jennifer K. Tidwell .... production services technician
Paul-Jozef Macoy Torrevillas .... character effects artist
Kathleen Tran .... lighting & compositing artist
Matthew R. Tucker .... rigger
Eric Urquhart .... matte painter: Reel FX
Pepe Valencia .... previsualization supervisor: Baraboom! Studios
Michael A. Wallace .... layout lead
Ed Whetstone .... lighting & compositing artist
Lori Williams .... compositor
Junze Zhou .... rigging artist
Daniel Zinck .... surfacing/ texture artist
Nich Zuhoski .... lighting and compositing
 
Animation Department
Manuel Almela .... animator
David Apgar .... senior animator
Monica Aston .... animator
Eric Baker .... rigging supervisor
Lorenzo Russell Bambino .... layout
Douglas Bell .... rigging lead
Andy Bialk .... character designer
Ernesto Bottger .... lead animator
Eric Burnett .... lead animator
Angelo Sta. Catalina .... animator
Tom Caulfield .... character designer
Ray Chase .... animator
Amy Chen .... sets/environments artist (as Amy H. Chen)
Wing Ni Chung .... animator
Steve Cunningham .... senior animator
Dallas Alan Dietrich .... layout artist
Nathan Dillow .... background artist
Don Dixon .... animator
Rod Douglas .... layout artist
Eric Drobile .... lead animator
Sandra Equihua .... character designer
Sean Ermey .... character animator
Derek Esparza .... animator
Tony Fan .... Simulated Crowd Lead
Brad Faucheux .... animator
Cheri Fojtik .... surfacing artist
Andrew Ford .... animator
Robert Fox .... animator
Shaun Freeman .... animator
Marisol Gladding .... layout artist
Keith Glass .... character animator
Ellyn Klein Golub .... animation co-ordinator (as Ellyn S. Klein)
Emilie Goulet .... animator
Troy Griffin .... previs artist
Jorge R. Gutiérrez .... character designer (2D sequences)
Jorge R. Gutiérrez .... character designer (as Jorge R. Gutierrez)
Gizem Gülen .... animator: Turkish voice of Maria
Bill Haller .... supervising animator
Allison Harbin .... animation coordinator
Ryan Hartsell .... Digital Animatics Artist
Andy Hass .... character animator
Tim Hatcher .... character animator
Greg Hulet .... layout artist
Chris Hurtt .... animation consultant
Joseph P. Johnston .... layout supervisor
Louis Jones .... supervising animator
Morgan Kelly .... animator (as Morgan R. Kelly)
Sing Khamnouane .... modeler
Lea Kocurek .... animation production assistant
Jackie Koehler .... lead animator
Alexandre F. Kümpel .... animator
Robert Lazzarini .... animator
Kevin Lu .... lighter and compositor
Carlos Luzzi .... character designer
Wesley Mandell .... head of animation
Luis Martinez .... animator
Gerald McAleece III .... layout artist
Alexiss Dawn Memmott .... character animator
Jess Morris .... Lead animator
Pete Paquette .... animator
Jason Petrocelli .... lead animator
Dixie Pizani .... animator
Ryan Porter .... character rigger
David Rodriguez .... character animator
Vibeke Cleaverley Rodriguez .... character animator
Mack Bo Ross .... background artist
Travis Simon .... animator
Byron Slaybaugh .... lead animator: end title sequence
Dorian Soto .... animator
Chris Street .... animator
Naveen Syed .... animator
Matt Thurman .... animator
Travis Tohill .... lead animator
Ryan Trammell .... modeler
Ryan Trammell .... modeler and texture artist
Johnny Turco .... senior animator
David B. Vallone .... animator
Vitor Vilela .... lead animator
Shane L. Wapskineh .... layout artist
Leslie Watters .... character animator
Ryan Williams .... layout artist
Paul Wood .... senior character animator
Dan Wrightsell .... lead cfx td
Jimmy Wu .... layout artist
Kathy Zielinski .... animator
 
Casting Department
Micah Dahlberg .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Noel Albornoz .... digital intermediate assistant colorist
John Carnochan .... addtional editor
Johnson Cheng .... assistant editor
Carissa Clark .... digital intermediate coordinator
Sim Evan-Jones .... addtional editor
Amy Grieshaber .... associate editor
Mason Haynes .... second assistant editor
Steven Liu .... additional editor
Ian McNeny .... assistant editor
Jason Modica .... lead quality assurance
Zara Park .... digital intermediate producer
Craig Price .... digital intermediate editor
Lilly Sechrist .... editorial coordinator
Joseph R. Thygesen .... associate editor
Todd Zongker .... first assistant editor
Avi Horn .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jon Alexander .... assistant score engineer
Laurence Anslow .... music assistant engineer
David Arch .... musician: piano
Jonathan Bartz .... music preparation
Susie Bench .... orchestrator
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Thomas Bowes .... orchestral leader
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Fiona Cruickshank .... score recordist
Tim Davies .... conductor
Tim Davies .... score arranger
Ann De Renais .... vocals: soloist
Germaine Franco .... composer: additional music
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Jorge R. Gutiérrez .... composer: additional music
Jorge R. Gutiérrez .... music producer
Jorge R. Gutiérrez .... playback singer
Ayana Haviv .... singer: soloist
John Houlihan .... music supervisor
Ryan Humphrey .... orchestrator
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor
Gregory Jamrok .... music preparation
Lewis Jones .... assistant scoring engineer
Jeremy Levy .... lead orchestrator
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Sara Mann .... Singing Nun: vocalist
James McWilliam .... orchestrator
Andres Montero .... assistant to orchestrator
George Oulton .... studio assistant
William G. Parker .... composer: additional music (as William J Parker)
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Jasper Randall .... vocal contractor
Devin Roth .... orchestrator
Andrew Rowan .... music preparation
Batu Sener .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska .... orchestrator
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Lily Wilson .... singer
Joe Zimmerman .... music preparation
Victor Chaga .... Technical Score Engineer (uncredited)
Danielle Diego .... music executive (uncredited)
Patrick Houlihan .... music executive (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rodrigo Alvarez Flores .... production assistant
Kathy Cavaiola .... production manager
Kathy Cavaiola .... production supervisor
Kathy Cavaiola .... script supervisor
Kyle Clark .... senior management
Jack Crivelli .... additional voice
Dan Ferguson .... director of interactive digital
Ian Gibson .... assistant: Guillermo del Toro
Luisa Gomez de Silva .... walla recording supervisor
Ray Gordon II .... assistant: channing tatum
Lara Blasingame Hancock .... production accountant (as Lara Blasingame)
Pete Herzog .... executive producer: special projects
Shirley Doitch Horn .... assistant to production executive
Bridget Kieffer .... production coordinator
Kyle Lawson .... production coordinator
Robin A. Linn .... artist manager
Josep Llurba .... translation for dubbing: castilian spanish
Marta Swingle Marks .... senior artist manager and head recruiter
Andrew McTighe .... production coordinator
Michelle Moores .... additional adr voice
Michelle Moores .... adr loop group: voice
Paul Ohrt .... production executive
Arthur Ortiz .... additional voices: voice
David Parrish .... Head of Production
Gates Roberg-Clark .... sr tool developer
Mike Romero .... render wrangler
Tiffany Renee Shreve .... client service supervisor
Rob Thomson .... production coordinator
Bert Van Brande .... director of production technology
Elizabeth Walsh .... controller
Saxton Washburn .... script & story editor
Mark Whiting .... opening titles writer and director: opening titles writer, director and designer
Tiffany Wu .... Assistant to Aron Warner
Gabriel Beristain .... cinematography consultant (uncredited)
Daniel Yi .... 4D Editor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kevin Herron .... ReelFX Commercial Group
 

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Rated PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images
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95 min
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Trivia:
Ron Perlman and Producer Guillermo Del Toro have worked together on the Pacific Rim and Hellboy franchises'.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Skeleton Jorge:[Repeated line] Savage.See more »
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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Messy and overstuffed, but crackling with life, energy and colour., 31 October 2014
Author: shawneofthedead from http://shawneofthedead.wordpress.com/

Many things could have gone wrong with The Book Of Life. This boisterous, big-hearted animated film is bursting with ideas and colour, stuffed to the brim with - one suspects - pretty much every idea that struck writer-director Jorge Gutierrez's fancy. Indeed, the final film plays very much like the charming but unpolished debut of a filmmaker who can't quite believe he was lucky enough to get the attention of producer Guillermo del Toro, and has no intention of wasting the opportunity in case it never comes around again. As a result, The Book Of Life practically trembles with too many ideas and influences, but remains so earnest and inventive that it's easy to forgive its predictable, overstuffed plot.

In a small Mexican town on the Day Of The Dead, we meet the protagonists of the story: steadfast, earnest Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), who would rather strum a guitar than fight a bull in the tradition of his forefathers; brash, adventurous Joaquin (Channing Tatum), who becomes the town hero in trying to avenge the murder of his father by bandits; and spunky, intelligent Maria (Zoe Saldana), daughter of the mayor who inevitably wins the hearts of both young men. The stakes, however, are higher than they could ever imagine: the two godly rulers of the underworld, La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) and Xibalba (Ron Perlman), have gambled dominion over each other's lands on the outcome of the love triangle.

It would be an understatement to say that there's a lot going on in The Book Of Life. The film covers everything from a mystical medal that lends invulnerability to anyone who wears it, to a tantalising love-hate relationship between the two gods, while spiced up with musical interludes galore. (It's not often that the film's hero will pause to belt out a soul-searching rendition of Radiohead's Creep, but that kind of thing happens all the time in The Book Of Life.) Mix it all up with retellings of Mexican folklore, including visits to the joyously colourful Land of the Remembered and the ghostly grey Land of the Forgotten, and the film can be a somewhat frenetic viewing experience, to say the least.

But, for all that Gutierrez packs his film full of ideas and details, he also manages to make most of it work very well. The love triangle may be trite, but there's nevertheless enough heart and humour holding Manolo, Maria and Joaquin together. Manolo's relationships with his dad Carlos (Hector Elizondo) and his departed mom Carmen (Ana de la Reguera) are coloured in with surprising depth as well. It's also wonderful to see a love triangle centred around a girl who knows her own mind - and rest assured that Maria speaks it often enough to make a real impact.

The Book Of Life also doubles as a very welcome riot of imagination and tradition. Every frame of the film is beautifully and thoughtfully designed, down to the fact that Manolo seems to have been intricately crafted out of wood. Moreover, instead of shying away from its Mexican roots to increase its global marketability, the film firmly embraces them. This gives Gutierrez room to craft some delicately dark moments in a graveyard or two, reminding everyone that those who have died can still live as long as they're remembered by the ones who loved them. And yet, the film never descends into darkness, instead tapping into the giddying energy of a fiesta - most memorably in a journey through the Land of the Remembered - complete with heady bursts of colour and music.

There's no denying that Gutierrez's film can occasionally be too much to handle. It's loud and almost cheerfully silly, tossing pop songs and Mexican folklore into a mix that sometimes doesn't work. But, at its best, The Book Of Life is like a rambunctious puppy: messy, loud and insistent, but radiating so much life and charm that it becomes quite impossible to resist.

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