In a twist on traditional fairy tales, the vibrantly animated fantasy-adventure, THE BOOK OF LIFE, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. Produced by legendary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, and featuring the voice talents of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, and Danny Trejo. Mexican Director Jorge Guttierrez explores the native traditions of The Day of the Dead, a holiday that celebrates the lives of those who came before us, and uses The Day of the Dead as a canvas for the stunning animation. THE BOOK OF LIFE opens in theaters October 17, 2014 – continue reading for more details, trailers, and images.
Updated October 16, 2014
Click here to read our spoiler-free review for THE BOOK OF LIFE by Mark Oguschewitz.
Updated October 15, 2014
Click here for a recap of the panel discussion with producer Guillermo Del Toro, director Jorge R. Gutierrez and the cast: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube and Kate del Castillo on the making of THE BOOK OF LIFE.
Updated October 11, 2014
We’ve partnered with 20th Century Fox to offer THE BOOK OF LIFE giveaway that includes a $50 Visa gift card to see the film and goodies from Cost Plus World Market.
One (1) winner receives:
$50 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
Mini guitar & keepsake box from Cost Plus World Market
Prizing courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Cost Plus World Market
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In celebration of the release of the upcoming film, THE BOOK OF LIFE, Cost Plus World Market has developed exclusive toys inspired by the film. Products include a colorful Tin Keepsake Box, Guitar, Maracas, Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy, Kaleidoscopes, and more.
Original post from October 5 follows below…
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.
CHANNING TATUM voices Joaquin, Manolo’s best friend and the town hero whose good nature competes with his ambitions and his competitive spirit.
But Manolo and his equally courageous best friend Joaquin are not your typical Prince Charmings; the object of their affections is far from being your average princess; and THE BOOK OF LIFE is a fairy tale that doesn’t go by the book.
Music is a big part of THE BOOK OF LIFE, and the production landed the formidable talents of two-time Oscar winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the father of Latin alternative music, making his animated feature film debut. Under his supervision, the filmmakers landed rights to cover, with a Latin twist, beloved songs from Mumford and Sons (“I Will Wait”), Elvis Presley (“Can’t Help Falling in Love”), Radiohead (“Creep”), Biz Markie (“Just a Friend”), Rod Stewart (“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”). Additionally, there are beautiful, original songs written by Santaolalla and the award-winning Paul Williams.
THE BOOK OF LIFE film’s look is inspired by Mexican folk art and Latin American folklore, both of which Jorge Gutierrez is an ardent fan. “I love Mexican folk art because so much of it is handmade and it’s art by the people, for the people, about the people. It’s really accessible and a reflection of who we are.” Presenting a grand mythology set in visually spectacular worlds never seen before, the film brings together director Jorge Gutierrez’s unique visual style and a crowd-pleasing mix of adventure, action, comedy, romance and music. THE BOOK OF LIFE is rated PG opens on October 17, 2014 For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.