The Book of Life | Chicago Reader

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
  • ZoĆ« 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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