The Book of Life
17 Oct 2014
Behind the Scene and Other Major Plot Points
Poetic look at life and dead
How many times you were able to really laugh on a subject matter like death and make children (and adults) happy with an adventure that is pure entertainment but also gives a quite poetic look at life and dead.
Overall review of the movie
This movie was absolutely stunning and for many reasons – from the characters, to the designs in their clothing, the different lands, the gods, everything was just so pleasing to look at.
Character Development in the movie
I felt that the character development was immaculate. As I was watching, I had become very attached to each character and it was so easy to be fully immersed in the story. You went through all the emotions and feelings with the cast, and the voice acting was just so very believable.
Diego Luna’s singing was captivating as you didn’t have to question if his emotion was real. The music itself was gorgeous and deserves so much recognition, I especially enjoyed the mariachi renditions, I found them fun and catchy, some even better than the originals.There is a modern mix of songs but I have to say it was complimentary to the plot and was what I would consider a little something for the adults in the audience.
The story was something you would think Walt Disney himself would have given a thumbs up for. The plot and overall story telling was phenomenal. There was something for everyone – romance, comedy, heartwarming moments, and action as well as adventure all nestled into a positive message you can take away from it.
In league with “Nightmare before Christmas”
“Nightmare Before Christmas” is definitely a good comparison, both are very much a style over substance experience. It can also be compared to Corpse Bride. Looks like a Mexican version of The Nightmare before the Christmas.
Different Interpretation of Land of the Forgotten
I was surprised at the end of the film that they never addressed the problem of the Land of the Forgotten. When enough time passes, everyone is forgotten (logically). Doesn’t this ultimately make the ending of the movie sad? Not necessarily. I mean, it depends on what ‘remembered’ means. Think about how many people are into geneology, is just having that name on a family tree somewhere enough to remain in the land of the remembered? How about anyone thinking about “all my ancestors that went before me”? Is having your name carved on a wall that people see enough to be remembered? No the movie ends before everyone is forgotten, not sad at all.
Other that the recording of the voices and musical score, The Book of Life was made entirely in Dallas at Reel FX.
This Would also Work as Moulin Rouge-ish Live Action
While I was watching, I can’t help but to think that this movie would also do great if done like how Moulin Rouge was did. I hope someone remake this to a live action movie. And add more of singing, and also a longer time, like 2.5 hours. It would be perfect, IMO. Yes! I was thinking the same thing after I finished watching the movie. Even if it doesn’t exactly ‘classify’ right away as a musical, it does have several beautiful original songs which can be worked out in longer versions. It also has enough song covers for it to be a really good jukebox musical. I can really see it working out.
Q & A with CHANNING TANTUM
Q: It’s hard to believe that “The Book of Life” is your first real lead role in animation?
A: It was fun! I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, but the opportunity never came up. I heard the story as to why Jorge wanted to make the movie. I signed up like that. It’s just so personal to him, you know? It’s his story to tell, but I was pretty honored to be a part of it.
Q: What was the process like for you in finding your “voice” as Joaquin?
A: “I didn’t have anything specific in my head that I was going for. I had to say certain Spanish words, like the name of the town. You want a uniform pronunciation. You want everyone to be saying it the same way, so there were certain things, like how you would say Maria. You want it to all feel like it is of the same world. But it’s really all just trial and error. I was having so much fun.
Q: Has becoming a new father played a role in selecting the projects you want to take on as an actor?
A: “I’ve got a lot of explaining to do with my daughter, eventually. But, I think just as every parent gets into those shoes, you start to realize that you want something for them to be able to watch before they’re fifteen years old. I definitely didn’t do “The Book of Life” just for my daughter. I really did it because I loved the story and everything that it touches on. I’d always known about the Mexican “Day of the Dead” and the general emphasis of it. I didn’t know the finer points and the beauty in it. It was just really cool art to me. I probably didn’t even have the real definition of what the day means until I spoke to Jorge.
Q: A key theme in “The Book of Life” is how we should all write our own story. If you review your life’s narrative, what part are you most proud of to date?
A: I think there’s always more to write. I’m really proud of the story that I’ve written so far. We have to live to the highest extent. Don’t ever be afraid to make a choice because you can always make another one. I think I’ve done a lot in my life. I can definitely say that I’ve made, not wrong turns, but turns where I’ve been like, “Alright, I don’t want to do this anymore.” You go on and you learn from every single thing you’ve done in your life. I think that’s reminiscent of our characters in the story. They’re all so alive and they’re all not perfect. They all have a sort of an inner song, their dream or want. You’ve got to just keep moving towards those dreams.
THE ART of The Book of Life
The book sees a September release date and offers a look at the creative process behind the animated film, which is set for an October 17 release. The film is directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, and follows a love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico.
From the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse, a premier publisher of creator-owned and licensed content, today announces a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products: an upcoming project based on this year’s highly anticipated film from Fox Animation Studios, The Book of Life. In September 2014, Dark Horse will release The Art of The Book of Life, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
The Art of The Book of Life is an inspirational behind-the-scenes look at the making of the animated feature film. Packed with production art, stills, and more, this is an essential companion to the film.
The Art of The Book of Life arrives on sale on September 3, 2014.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The Book of Life moves breezily from one scene to the next, keeping the pace brisk and rarely skipping a beat.(Click here to see)
If you’re after something decidedly unusual The Book Of Life is well worth checking out (Click here to see)
This colorful animated film celebrates the Mexican culture with a lot of pizzazz. (Click here to see)
To the person who wrote that the museum children were pointless, thats not true! they were there so that someone would remember the dead so that they could continue to live in the land of remember! the visuals are beautiful, and the Female is not the lead, the boys are not the lead, but they together are the lead. (it makes sense to me!!). the songs are cover songs that make it easy to sing along and the movie originals are just as memorable! My fav is the toro song Hime Carime(MetaCritic)