The Book of Life is a 2014 computer-animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez of El Tigre fame, written by Doug Langdale of The Weekenders and Dave the Barbarian fame, and produced by Guillermo del Toro, with animation by Reel FX Animation Studios. It is a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set during the Day of the Dead. The film will be released on October 17th, just in time for Halloween.The film is described as the journey of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must face his greatest fears.The film also features the voices of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, and Ron Perlman.Previews: first trailer.second trailer.Needs Wiki Magic love.
Tropes appearing in this film:
Adorkable: Manolo and Joaquin both display elements of this.
The Bet: La Muerte and Xibalba have one concerning who Maria will marry. The former backs Manolo, while the latter backs Joaquin. The winner will take over the Land of the Remembered.
Betty and Veronica: Maria is the Archie, while kind-hearted musician Manolo is the Betty and Glory Seeker soldier Joaquin is the Veronica. Both are childhood friends, a role usually reserved for the Betty.
Big Bad Ensemble: Xibalba is the primary villain, while Chakal and his bandits pose a threat to the characters in the Land of the Living. Xibalba does a Heel-Face Turn by the climax, leaving Chakal as the Big Bad.
Dark Is Not Evil: La Muerte, personifying the Day of the Dead, when the deceased are celebrated in a colourful party style.
Dem Bones: The spirits of the dead are represented as skeletons (or perhaps calaca skeleton dolls).
Despair Event Horizon: Manolo and Maria each get theirs when the other dies. Manolo lets Xibalba kill him in order to see Maria again, while she loses the will to oppose her father's plan to marry her to Joaquin.
One bite from Xibalba's snake causes this, as Manolo and Maria find out the hard way.
In the climax, Manolo appears to die again after trapping himself and Chakal under a church bell to contain an explosion that would have destroyed San Angel. He's saved by Joaquin giving him the Medal of Everlasting Life beforehand.
Divorce Is Temporary: Xibalba is clearly hoping for this - he and La Muerte aren't officially divorced, but they are estranged, and he's hoping to win back her heart.
Dual Wielding: Manolo and Joaquin both wear two swords on their backs, and the former uses his at least once.
Everybody Hates Hades: Subverted. La Muerte is unambiguously good, and Xibalba is described as being more mischievous than evil (although he has his moments).
Evil Is Petty: Don't you dare make Xibalba lose a bet, however unintentionally.
Fastball Special: Manolo throws Maria at Chakal during a fight between the townspeople and the bandits.
Female Angel, Male Demon: Played with; La Muerte and Xibalba are both Gods of the Dead, but while Xibalba is dark and menacing with black wings and skulls for pupils, La Muerte is much lighter and more appealing, as befits the bright, positive realm she rules over.
Missing Mom: Manolo's mother Carmen dies before the events of the film. He later meets her in the Land of the Remembered, and she accompanies him on his journey.
Murder the Hypotenuse: A rare example of an outside party doing the murdering. When it looks like Xibalba is going to lose The Bet, he has Manolo killed via snake bite. While it technically works, it turns out to be far from the last word on the subject.
Musical World Hypotheses: All of the songs are performed by the characters themselves, practiced and performed in real time, rather than just being random asides like in (say) Disney movies.
Nice Hat: La Muerte boasts an absolutely enormous one, bedecked with candles, marigolds, feathers and skulls. If she weren't a god, there is no way that thing would stay on her head.
Joaquin loves to shout his own name during combat.
When Manolo dies, the last thing he says is Maria's name.
Sealed Good in a Can: La Muerte becomes trapped in the Land of the Forgotten when Manolo dies, as she has lost the bet by default. Manolo must journey there to find her and tell her that Xibalba cheated.
Manolo and Joaquin towards Maria, especially the latter, who's popular with many women.
Heavily implied of Xibalba towards his estranged wife, La Muerte.
Sore Loser: Xibalba, who would rather kill an innocent human than lose a wager.
Stay in the Kitchen: Maria sarcastically brings this idea up when discussing a hypothetical marriage to Joaquin with him. He's too preoccupied with her looks to notice her disdain for what she's saying and unknowingly agrees with her, which briefly drives her off.
Straw Misogynist: Joaquin's group of Yes Men act like this in one scene to accidentally make him look bad in front of Maria.