The Book of Life

The Book of Life
The Book of Life
  • PG
  • 1h 36m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh82%
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This animated comedy from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez follows the journey of Manolo, a young man who embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites and featuring a unique visual style, it’s a story that encourages us to celebrate the past and look forward to the future.
© 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Reel FX Productions II, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Certified Fresh82%
Critics Consensus: The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.
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Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Book of Life is a refreshingly original animated film that takes viewers to the underworld and back. Smaller children might find the scenes in the Land of the Remembered scary, especially those featuring the king of the underworld, Xibalba (who's named after the Mayan name for the realm of the dead). The characters in the Land of the Remembered are traditional Day of the Dead figures, which are skeletons in brightly colored clothing. One dead character's head is separate from his body. There are some bullfighting scenes and battle sequences that are a little violent, and things get somewhat darker when the action shifts to the underworld (there's a demonic bull surrounded by fire). Expect a little bit of kissing and a few insults ("kick his butt," "lazy bum"), too. But the fun definitely outweighs the scary/iffy parts, and ultimately this is a vibrant, colorful movie about doing the right thing and the importance of family -- messages that can be appreciated by both kids and parents. It's also an invitation to explore and learn more about Mexican culture, from the details of the Day of the Dead celebrations to legendary creatures like Chupacabras.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:October 17, 2014
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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