The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Jorge R Gutierrez (2014)

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Imagine a Tim Burton animation splashed with bold, bright colour and you'll have some idea of what to expect from The Book of Life. Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro is a producer on the film, which is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. It follows Mexican troubadour and reluctant bullfighter Manolo (Diego Luna) through three dimensions - the Lands of the Living, the Dead and the Forgotten - driven by his love for local beauty Maria (a sassy Zoë Saldana). Channing Tatum voices Manolo's bumptious pal Joaquin, who also aims to make Maria his wife, and he ups the laugh count by striving to prove his macho credentials. Writer/director Jorge R Gutierrez keeps the story simple, but tackles the subject of death with glorious gusto, never patronising younger viewers and using humour to lighten the darker passages without falling back on postmodern gags. With vividly drawn characters and psychedelic landscapes of incredible depth and detail, Book of Life will transport you to other worlds.


A man who longs to be a musician instead of a bullfighter like his father has to compete with a childhood friend when they fall for the same woman. Their love triangle catches the eye of the spirits of the dead, leading him on a journey through their bizarre world. Animated adventure, with the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum.

Cast & Crew

Manolo Diego Luna
Maria Zoë Saldana
Joaquin Channing Tatum
Xibalba Ron Perlman
Mary Beth Christina Applegate
Candle Maker Ice Cube
La Muerte Kate del Castillo
Carlos Sanchez Hector Elizondo
Luis Danny Trejo
Director Jorge R Gutierrez
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Oct 2014
Drama Children's