The Book of Life

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Animated, Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration. Co-produced by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Ron Perlman.

In the land of the living, two young boys, Manolo and Joaquin, are separated from the girl they both love: Maria. In the realm of the dead, a wager is made between La Muerte, ruler of the festive Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba, ruler of the rickety Land of the Forgotten. Will Manolo, the sensitive musician, win Maria’s heart? Or will she fall for Joaquin, the brave and powerful soldier? After years apart, Maria returns as a striking young educated woman, with the two men in her life falling for her all over again. However, Xibalba isn’t interested in losing the bet, putting forth a plan to make sure Manolo isn’t around for his bet to backfire.

2014Rating: PG, Mild themes and animated violence95 minsUSA
AnimatedFantasy
85%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Death feels like the best birthday party ever in this Guillermo del Toro production, introducing kids to a vibrant world soaked in a fiesta of colour and constant creativity. It’s a ballsy move to make a family feature about the Day of the Dead, but it’s one that has led to an inspired art direction that works beautifully in motion while setting itself apart from the stock-standard Pixar/Disney/DreamWorks “look”.

3.0
0

I'm not getting used to its style

The style is a little bit quirky. Sometimes I feel out of the tone.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Undoubtedly stuffed with more business than its fleet, kid-friendly running time can properly handle.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It’s hugely entertaining.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This often beautiful and too-often moribund, if exhaustingly frenetic, feature tends to be less energetic than the dead people waltzing through it.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Sports gorgeous, marionette-inspired character design - mucho love has gone into the matadors' bespoke jackets - and a palette so warm you feel yourself developing tanlines around your 3D specs.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

As an afternoon’s diversion for a handful of misbehaving kids... it’s authentically winning.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Showcases some of the most breathtaking animation we've seen this decade.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The gleefully Gothic fingerprints of Guillermo del Toro are all over this zippy excursion into Mexico's myths and legends...

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The characters move around in a thoroughly realized universe full of imaginative and beautifully rendered detail.

0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Death feels like the best birthday party ever in this Guillermo del Toro production, introducing kids to a vibrant world soaked in a fiesta of colour and constant creativity. It’s a ballsy move to make a family feature about the Day of the Dead, but it’s one that has led to an inspired art direction that works beautifully in motion while setting itself apart from the stock-standard Pixar/Disney/DreamWorks “look”.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Undoubtedly stuffed with more business than its fleet, kid-friendly running time can properly handle.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It’s hugely entertaining.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This often beautiful and too-often moribund, if exhaustingly frenetic, feature tends to be less energetic than the dead people waltzing through it.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Sports gorgeous, marionette-inspired character design - mucho love has gone into the matadors' bespoke jackets - and a palette so warm you feel yourself developing tanlines around your 3D specs.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

As an afternoon’s diversion for a handful of misbehaving kids... it’s authentically winning.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Showcases some of the most breathtaking animation we've seen this decade.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The gleefully Gothic fingerprints of Guillermo del Toro are all over this zippy excursion into Mexico's myths and legends...

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The characters move around in a thoroughly realized universe full of imaginative and beautifully rendered detail.

0

I'm not getting used to its style

The style is a little bit quirky. Sometimes I feel out of the tone.

3.0
0