Co-written and directed by Jorge R. 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.
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The film premiered in Los Angeles on October 12, , and was released theatrically in the United States on October 17, Mary Beth, a museum tour guide , takes a group of school detention students on a secret museum tour, telling them, with wooden figures, the story of a Mexican town called San Angel from the Book of Life , holding every story in the world.
In the Land of the Remembered, Manolo reunites with his mother and his ancestral family. However, Manolo was bitten twice and died. Inside, he meets the Candle Maker, the overseer of mortal lives and the Book of Life's keeper.
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The Candle Maker sees that Manolo's story in the Book of Life is blank and can be rewritten by himself, so he takes them to the Land of the Forgotten. They find La Muerte at Xibalba's castle and expose his cheating.
Furious, La Muerte lectures Xibalba before offering a new wager at Manolo's request: Manolo's life will be returned if he completes a challenge of Xibalba's choosing, but if he fails, he will be forgotten and Xibalba will keep both realms. Xibalba sets Manolo against a giant bull skeleton made from the skeletons of every bull slain by the Sanchez family, believing that to be his greatest fear.
Their wedding is interrupted by Chakal, who leads his army to San Angel to find the Medal, which was previously his. Chakal kills Carlos, who arrives in the Land of the Remembered in time to see Manolo's fight. Manolo, realizing his fear is actually of being himself , refuses to fight and instead sings an apology to the bull, appeasing it and touching everyone present including: Xibalba and Carlos.
Impressed, the deities resurrect Manolo and send him and his family to San Angel to protect it. In the present, Mary Beth finishes the story, and the amazed children leave the museum. Mary Beth and a security guard reveal themselves to be La Muerte and Xibalba in disguise. The Candle Maker appears and encourages the audience to write their own story.
The Book of Life was originally optioned by DreamWorks Animation in , but never went beyond development because of "creative differences".
The film was initially given a release date of October 10, ;  however, this was eventually moved back by a week. Jorge Gutierrez , co-creator of Nickelodeon 's El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera , wanted to make the final animation look like the concept artwork saying: "I saw every single one that comes out and my biggest heartbreak is that I see all this glorious art, and then the movie doesn't look like that!
The mandate of this movie was: Our 'Art of' book is going to look exactly like the movie. And every artist poured their heart and soul into that idea. Instead he had the team address any questions they had about the region to him.
In April , it was announced Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams would be adapting pop songs for the film. The Book of Life received generally positive reviews from critics.
The site's critical consensus reads " The Book of Life ' s gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.
Geoff Berkshire of Variety gave the film a positive review, saying "Repping a major step forward for Dallas-based Reel FX Animation Studios after their anemic feature bow on last year's Free Birds , the beautifully rendered CG animation brings an unusually warm and heartfelt quality to the high-tech medium and emerges as the film's true calling card.
Club gave the film a B-, saying "Ultimately, what drags The Book Of Life down is its insistence on trying to update an original folkloric story for a contemporary audience. In practice, this means adding some pop-cultural touches that only serve to take the viewer out of the fantastic setting.
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It only looks new, but it's as old as life and death itself. Calvin Wilson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the film two and a half stars out of five, saying " The Book of Life is a flawed but intriguing new chapter in animation.
In an animated universe cluttered with kung-fu pandas, ice princesses and video-game heroes, Gutierrez and del Toro have conjured up an original vision. But as an afternoon's diversion for a handful of misbehaving kids—both within the movie, and within the movie theater—it's authentically winning. But there's so much to appreciate along the way that it's a real page-turner. Gutierrez subsumes the film's darker themes in a relentlessly busy farrago of predictable kids'-movie tropes and annoying attempts at hipness.
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