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  • Children Voicing Children: The Detention Kids, alongside the kid versions of Manolo, Maria, and Joaquin, are all voiced by child actors.
  • Doing It for the Art: Gutierrez spent over 14 years trying to get this movie off the ground. In addition, he also wrote the film's art book and animated all of the 2-D sequences by himself.
  • Dueling Movies: With The Boxtrolls. Battle of the animated horror movies 2014!
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  • Fan Community Nicknames: "Bookworms."
  • Fandom Rivalry: A minor one with Pixar’s Coco, considering that both are animated films about the Mexican Day of the Dead. Early on it was worse, with fans of The Book of Life accusing Pixar of plagiarism, but when the two movies turned out very different, the rivalry is more about which of the two is the better Dia de los Muertos movie.
  • Fan Nickname: The first spirit Manolo encounters in the Land of the Remembered, with his list of new arrivals, has been dubbed "the Walmart Greeter of the Dead" by Tumblr fans.
  • Fake Nationality: While the film features a predominately Latino cast, Channing Tatum, Grey DeLisle, Carlos Alazraqui, Troy Evans, Eric Bauza, and Anjelah Johnson play Mexicans.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Diego Luna, Ana de la Reguera and Kate del Castillo voice Manolo, Carmen and La Muerte in the Latin American Spanish dub.
  • Non-Singing Voice:
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    • Averted. The actors all sing their own parts, despite some of them having little musical experience. The only exception to this is young Manolo who was voiced by Emil-Bastien Bouffard and his singing voice was provided by Joe Matthews.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, Jorge is voiced by Carlos del Campo. When Jorge sings "Cielito Lindo", his voice is provided by Ulises Maynardo Zavala, who is also a baritone singer and voice actor in his own right.
  • Production Posse:
    • Xibalba is voiced by Ron Perlman, who has worked with Executive Producer Guillermo del Toro on Cronos and both Hellboy movies, among others.
    • Grey Delisle, Carlos Alazraqui, and Eric Bauza have minor and supporting roles in this film, all of whom had lead roles in Jorge Guiterrez's previous work El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (Frida, Puma Loco, and White Pantera respectively).
      • Héctor Elizondo and Danny Trejo, who voice Manolo's father Carlos and his deceased grandfather Luis respectively, have also worked with Jorge before on El Tigre, as Manny's great-grandfather, Justice Jaguar, and El Mal Verde respectively.
  • Talking to Himself:
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    • Carlos Alazraqui voices General Posada and Chuy.
    • Eric Bauza voices Father Domingo and the cave guardian.
  • Throw It In!: Joaquin's Say My Name habit was ad-libbed by Channing Tatum.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to the official artbook of the movie, the Adelita twins originally started out as part of Chakal's banditos.
    • According to the artbook of the movie, there was an alternate scene in which Manolo meets his ancestors and his mother; in it, he arrives at his ancestors' home in The Land of the Remembered, while they're all in the middle of a meal. When they see Manolo walk through the front door, all the family members have shocked looks on their faces.
    • Chuy was originally going to be a goat instead of a pig.
    • The Land of the Forgotten was originally a Fisher Kingdom that slowly turned the heroes into forgotten spirits as they journeyed through it. This was cut to keep the story simple.
    • The spirits in the Land of the Forgotten were originally going to be these wild, monstrous, skeletal creatures that had forgotten their humanity. This was changed for two reasons; One, because some thought it would be too scary for younger viewers, and Two, to keep the story simple.
    • Joaquin was originally going to die in the bandit raid, crushed by his dad's statue, which would have been the moment he gave Manolo the Medal of Everlasting Life.
    • One interview revealed that Manolo was supposed to stay dead and was not able to have any resolution with Maria had it not been changed for being too dark.
    • Xibalba was originally supposed to take the form of a woman to blend in among the living humans, but that idea was scrapped.
    • There was a version of the movie in which Manolo actually allowed the bull to kill him as opposed to killing it himself. This was scrapped due to being too sad/non-family friendly.
    • Chuy was originally going to be a goat, but because Ferdinand was being produced at the same time , he was changed into a pig.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Book of Life Wiki.
  • Word of God: Now has its own page.

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