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The Book of Life

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

This Pixar knockoff from 20th Century Fox is more imaginative than most, though like far too many of them, it's undone by a surfeit of glib one-liners and pop culture references. Based on Mexican folklore surrounding the Day of the Dead, the story centers on two lifelong friends, each watched over by a different lord of the underworld, who compete for the heart of a beautiful, headstrong girl. The character design is impressive, with figures that seem to be made of wood, hardened sugar, or melted wax. Jorge R. Gutierrez directed.



  • Jorge Gutierrez


  • Diego Luna
  • Zoë Saldana
  • Channing Tatum
  • Ice Cube
  • Ron Perlman
  • Christina Applegate
  • Kate del Castillo
  • Cheech Marin
  • Placido Domingo
  • Hector Elizondo
  • Ana de la Reguera
  • Eugenio Derbez
  • Gabriel Iglesias
  • Ricardo Sanchez
  • Danny Trejo
  • Grey Griffin


  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Aaron Berger
  • Brad Booker
  • Carina Schulze

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