The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Co-written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, it was produced by Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro and Carina Schulze. The film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Kate del Castillo. Based on an original idea by Gutierrez, the story follows a bullfighter who, on the Day of the Dead, embarks on an afterlife adventure to fulfill the expectations of his family and friends.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on October 12, 2014, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 17, 2014. It received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The film grossed $99.8 million on a $50 million budget.
This film has gorgeous and vibrant colours. The character animation is based on wooden block characters visualized through CGI animation. It’s very kinetic and frantic with lots of the humour being physical.
The story is never predictable, and mainly avoids good vs evil tropes. Each character has clear motivations and these play out in interesting ways. Although it delves into the land of the dead, it’s ultimately a fun and uplifting watch.