My kids and I watched The Book of Life a few days ago. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray for review on my dad blog. The animated movie was a bit crazy at times, but all of us enjoyed it. The story is wonderful, the songs are great, and it’s entertaining. The Book of Life is not one of those films that makes you laugh your head off, but it did have its funny moments. The Book of Life is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD. Continue reading to learn five things about the film.
Five Things About The Book of Life
Book of Life is a story about love
The movie is about a man (Manolo) who is torn between the expectations of his family (to become the greatest bullfighter ever) and the desires of his heart (to sing and to win the heart of his true love). Standing in his way is a young man named Joaquin. Like Manolo, Joaquin is in love with the beautiful Maria. But unlike Manolo, Joaquin has the Medal of Eternal Life, which essentially makes him immortal and eventually transform him into the town hero.
The soundtrack is great
I love the songs in The Book of Life. There were a lot of tunes in the animated movie, but only a handful were sung it its entirety. If you’re interested, here is a link for The Book of Life Soundtrack).
The Book of Life includes extra features
In addition to the movie in DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD formats, The Book of Life includes a bunch of special features:
- The Adventures of Chuy
- Closer Look At The Book of Life (Blu-ray only)
- The Music of Life (Blu-ray only)
- Digital Carpenters: The Art Direction of The Book of Life (Blu-ray only)
- Music Machine
- “No Matter Where You Are” Music Video by Us The Duo
- Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez
- Meet the Cast
- Visual Development – Color Keys
- Visual Development – Production Art
- Background Poster-Paintings
- The Final Look
The film features an all-star cast
Diego Luna was the voice of the main character, Manolo. I don’t know who Luna is, but I recognize many of the other voice talents in the movie: Zoe Saldana (Maria), Channing Tatum (Joaquin), Ron Perlman (Xibalba), Christina Applegate (Mary Beth), Ice Cube (Candle Maker), Kate del Castillo (La Muerte), Hector Elizondo (Carlos Sanchez ), Danny Trejo (Skeleton Luis), Carlos Alazraqui (General Posada / Dali / Chuy), Ana de la Reguera (Skeleton Carmen), Emil-Bastien Bouffard (Young Manolo), Elias Garza (Young Joaquin), Genesis Ochoa (Young Maria), and Plácido Domingo (Skeleton Jorge). The Book of Life was directed by Jorge R. Gutiérrez.
The Book of Life is rated PG
The 95-minute film is rated PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images. In my opinion, the movie is fine for children of all ages. The only thing that might alarm young children is the theme of death. But don’t worry, it’s not gruesome.
More info: Book of Life Blu-ray