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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.

Director:

Jorge R. Gutiérrez (as Jorge R. Gutierrez)

Writers:

Jorge R. Gutiérrez (screenplay by) (as Jorge R. Gutierrez), Doug Langdale (screenplay by)
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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:
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)
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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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Trivia

The synth-heavy song from the beginning of the film is "Deceptacon" by Le Tigre. 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

[first lines]
Thomas: Last tour of the day. I wonder why nobody wants them.
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: It's Not Ogre Yet (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No.22
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Tibor Benyi, Henrick Wiese, Peter Clemente and Fumiko Shiraga
Courtesy of BIS Records
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Waiter, Why Are There Wooden Toys in My Coco?
18 November 2018 | by garyvanbSee all my reviews

The Book of Life made some interesting style choices for their character designs, being like wood block figures of the tale. However, it didn't have anywhere near the emotional depth of Coco, the other animated film about the Mexican Day of the Dead, and unfortunately, the pacing of the story and the humor was similar to the Madagascar and Hotel Transylvania movies, and I hate that frantic and frenetic style. That hyper bombastc approach is hard for adults to like, though some still do, don't know why. Films like this need to take a chill pill, relax a little bit, let their story and humor breathe a little bit. So that, in comparison, the pacing of Coco is more like a fine wine.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,005,218, 19 October 2014

Gross USA:

$50,151,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,783,556
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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