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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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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site | See more »

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, 17 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,151,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,783,556
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the town is first being described, among the townspeople are Manny Rivera, Frida, and Grandpapi/Puma Loco from El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007), a cartoon series created by Jorge R. Gutiérrez. Grandpapi is to the left of the screen while Manny and Fridha are to the right (the girl with blue hair and red goggles is Frida). In addition, White Pantera (Manny's father) is later seen as one of the skeletons in the Land of the Remembered. See more »

Goofs

Mary Beth says that November 2 is the Day of the Dead which is partly true. The "Day" in fact lasts from October 31 to November 2. See more »

Quotes

Pepe Rodriguez: I'm allergic to dying!
Pancho Rodriguez: Especially in the face!
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Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 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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A real Halloween treat
19 October 2014 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

Book of life is one of the most colorful and original set designs I have every seen in an animated movie, especially in that is CGI animation.

This movie toke a real surrealistic style to the character design in order to pay homage to Mexican culture.

It's a classic fairy tale being told in a story within a story manner, with a museum tour guide telling a group of kids a fairy tale of three children who lives will effect the center of the universe, aka Mexico, when Gods gamble on what type of people they would be as adults.

Although as a semi-musical, the Glee approach in mixing in original content with contemporary hits kind of lessened the originality of the flick, but as a whole the movie was quite entertaining.


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