The Book of Life (2014)

The Book of Life (2014) Poster
Other titles: El Libro de la Vida

Comments on Movie: The Book of Life (2014)
"You do not have to have a college degree in Mexican folklore to appreciate the story and characters. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride through the three realms." - Craig Kandiko,

"A visual feast in every frame. The movie champions honoring the memories of those we have lost while also advocating that the living must craft their lives to follow their own design and not the desire of others." - Alonso Duralde, TheWarp.

"Beautifully animated, lovingly hilarious and super adorable! Aside from being artistically enchanting, it is also everlasting as it filled with plenty of invaluable life lessons!" - Rosalyn Lim.

The Book of Life (2014) Trailer

The Book of Life (2014) at a glance
The Book of Life (2014) is an animated feature from the producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez. This comedy fantasy is the second film by Reel FX Creative Studios.

The Book of Life (2014) Synopsis
The Book of Life (2014) tells 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 (2014) encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

Movie Review: The Book of Life (2014)
Let's read The Book of Life!

The Book of Life (2014) is beautifully animated, lovingly hilarious and super adorable! Aside from being artistically enchanting, it is also everlasting as it filled with plenty of invaluable life lessons! Honestly, it isn't easy to use just one word to describe this film but if I have to, it would be EXTRAORDINARY!

Joaquín, Monolo and María. The three best friends from San Angel.

There is a lot of depth and efforts put into this film. Each of the characters are distinctive in their own and the story is certainly enchanting! From the Mexican cultural values and background elements to its stunning visuals and entertaining adventure; it's evident that this wouldn't be possible without the hard work, skills and wits of the creators of this film!

Welcome to the Land of Remembered!

Honestly, I am truly impressed with this film and this would be the my longest movie review so far! This may seem biased but I am not alright. This film really deserve all t-this... love?!


Manolo's mother.

1. The Book of Life (2014) have beautiful art or in their own words, unique visual style! I love how everything's so pretty, vivid and colorful. By everything, I really meant everything; all the characters designs, world designs and whatnot. The real world, the land of remembered and the land of forgotten are vastly different realms but they are all still equally and really beautiful!!

Take in mind that this is the animation studio's second feature film and it's already this beautiful so how not to admire them? Sigh, if only death and afterlife is that beautiful! T_T...

Manolo and his beloved guitar.

2. Have great music and lyrics. Okay, I understand everyone has different tastes in music and I am certainly not an expert in music but the songs here in the movie are performed with nothing but full of genuine feelings! 

Some of the songs are funny, some are touching or heartbreaking and some are just romantic or adorable but how can these be not great when all those songs matches the mood of the scenes and enhances the impact of the storytelling?

La Muerte and Xibalba bet on who will win María.

3. We can learn some Spanish words as well as how and when you should use it. It's fun to pick up new foreign words, you know! Anyway, I don't think this will spoil the story because I am just mentioning what I've learned so here are the list of words I've learned from watching the premiere screening of The Book of Life (2014)!

Spanish - English
Gracias - Thank you
Toro - Bull
Mi amor - My love
Mi hijo - My son
Churro - Churro

4. Full of invaluable life lessons that deals with love, life, death and dreams. I guess ultimately the main message of this animated feature is be yourself; do and fight for what what you love and what you hold dear! Don't ever change yourself because of others' expectation! And.. our loved ones will always be with us if we always remember and truly love them!

You need to see something special!

5. Last but not least, you'll certainly have fun watching this endearing film! Although which two characters will get together in the end is kind of predictable, the unusual adventure overall isn't predictable at all! If I can give them an award, it would be "The Best Animated Storytelling of the Year!" ^___^

You should watch this if you love animations when it's out on theatres; this latest Halloween animated feature that celebrates the Day of the Dead is certainly not your typical love and death story!

My movie review ends here. As The Book of Life (2014) is truly unlike anything i have seen before, it easily becomes one of my all time favorite animated feature! (You know, I have been waiting for this for months and thank God it did not disappoint!)

PS. I wish there's really such a book; I would die to get myself a copy!

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
People who love exotic culture and animation movies! This is an Adventure-Comedy-Family-Fantasy-Romance Animated Feature! ;)

Details of the movie
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
Producer: Guillermo del Toro, Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Carina Schulze
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Jorge Gutierrez, Doug Langdale
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla, Paul Williams
Studio: Reel FX Creative Studios
Starring: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy Musical Romance
Running time: 95 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not available as of writing.

Official website(s)

Free Birds (2013)
Reel FX Creative Studios
Rosalyn's Favorite
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

The Book of Life (2014) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character

My favorite character is Maria because she isn't your typical damsel in distress who need people to save her all the time! She have a strong mind of her own and she will never give in easily to anything at all! In fact, she reads profoundly and knows fencing and kung fu as well!

María may be playful but she is a wise, independent lady with her own philosophy of life! She would always fight for what's right and would never do anything that hurt anyone. What's special is that she has her own cute pink pig pet named Chuy, who thinks he's a goat and speaks goat language too!

The Book of Life (2014) Movie Quotes
Not complete yet and will update this part in the future! I usually watch a movie several times before I write an entry about them and most times I find myself scanning the movie script or transcript for this part afterwards to make sure what I hear is correct and I didn't miss any nice ones, lol. ;)
  1. Follow me. You need to see something special.
  2. All the world is made of stories and all of the stories are right here in the book of life.
  3. The greatest story begins in the day of the dead, where spirits pass between the world. 
  4. There were two best friends in love with the same girl. 
  5. You two are acting like fools!
  6. Mexico is the center of the world!
  7. She is so pretty... He is so pretty...
  8. Aww you are so cute when you beg
  9. Lets not dwell in the past, mi amor.
  10. I belong to no one!
  11. As long we remember them, they are with us.
  12. Freedom is coming through!
  13. My father is overreacting.
  14. People will write song about you
  15. The Man. The Myth. The Mustache. 
  16. Always play from heart. Love, Maria.
  17. You don't know women heart my love.
  18. I may not be the town's hero, Maria, but I swear I will never stop loving you with all my heart.
  19. What kind of story is this? We are just children! 
  20. Don't try to take all in at once.
  21. All you can eat churros!
  22. Mi hijo. Don't do that again.
  23. We will never fall forever, not ever!
  24. You are like the son I never had. But much prettier.
  25. If you can forgive, love can truly love.
  26. No retreat no surrender!
  27. My comrades, unleash the fury!
  28. Did I tell you I study kung fu too?
  29. Men, typical!
  30. You are the best Sanchez!
  31. Write your own story!


  1. Great Review, and thanks for using my quote from FatMovieGuy!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Thos movie is amazing i have already watched it at least 20 times with my kids and they all love it too! My favorite line is at the end..... anyone can die but these kids will have the courage to live.....


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