"The Book of Life" is a 2014 American animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutiérrez.
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- Genre: "The Book of Life" is a 3D animated film that is a combination of comedy, musical and adventure.
- The plot: The film tells the story of a love triangle between three characters: Manolo, Joaquín and María. The story is set in Mexico and focuses on the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), a Mexican holiday during which the living pay tribute to the dead.
- Manolo Sánchez (voice-over by Diego Luna) - the main character, a young man who dreams of becoming a musician, but is part of a family of bullfighters.
- Joaquín Mondragon (voice-over by Channing Tatum) - Manolo's friend and winner of women's hearts, who gets a magic medallion from his dead father.
- María Posada (voiced by Zoe Saldana) - a friend of the two boys, who returns to her hometown after years of studying in Spain.
- Visual style: The film features a distinctive visual style that draws inspiration from Mexican folk art, including artistic representations of the skull (calavera).
- Music: "The Book of Life" features a rich soundtrack, including both Mexican traditional music and modern songs. Also, many characters perform songs during the film.
- Cultural motives: The film celebrates Mexican culture, especially the Day of the Dead, presenting its aspects and traditions in a colorful and respectful way.
- Critical success: "The Book of Life" received positive reviews for its originality, visual panache and musical setting. It was also praised for showing Mexican culture in a positive light.
- Awards: The film earned a Golden Globe nomination in the best animated film category.
- Value Transfer: In addition to being entertaining, the film conveys important values such as courage, true love, friendship and respect for tradition.
- Cultural significance: "The Book of Life" has contributed to greater awareness of Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead internationally.
- Artistic style: Director Jorge R. Gutiérrez was inspired by folk art and Mexican folklore in designing the film's characters and world. Characterized by vivid colors and patterns, the visual style reflects the Mexican aesthetic.
- Día de los Muertos: The film pays tribute to the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), which is one of the key themes of the plot. It's a holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2 to commemorate deceased loved ones.
- Meaning of the title: "The Book of Life" is the title of the book in which the stories of the dead are stored. The book plays an important role in the plot of the film.
- A mix of musical genres: The film's soundtrack features a variety of musical genres, including Latin music, pop and rock. Songs include both classic melodies and modern arrangements.
- Exceptional characters: The characters in the film are designed in a distinctive style, highlighting their features and personalities. Their proportions are deliberately slightly distorted, which gives them a unique look.
- Ambiguous beginnings: The film project was originally conceived as a short animation called "El Matador," about a bullfighter facing a bull. This concept later evolved into "The Book of Life."
- Guillermo del Toro's participation: Director and producer Guillermo del Toro was one of the film's executive producers. His influence can be seen in the dark fantasy and fairy tale elements of the story.
- The post La Muerte: The character La Muerte, personifying Mexican Death, is one of the key elements of the film. She is an important figure in both Mexican culture and the film.
- Mexican Dubbing: The Spanish version of the film, titled "El Libro de la Vida," features the voices of well-known Mexican actors such as Diego Luna, Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez.
- Inspiration from actors: The actors providing voices for the characters were an inspiration for the animators when creating the characters' movements. This gave the characters unique characteristics and mannerisms.