'The Book of Life': Fantasy Adventure Film Grossed $47 Million Globally

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'The Book of Life': Fantasy Adventure Film Grossed $47 Million Globally

American adventure animated film "The Book of Life" has just been released in theaters and cinemas last Oct. 17, 2014. As of Oct. 26, 2014, the movie grossed an estimate of $47 million worldwide, which combines the estimated domestic gross of $30 million and estimated gross of $17 million in other countries.

The animated film is a lively fantasy-adventure, which chronicles the legend of Manolo. He is a conflicted young man who embarks an epic journey and engages with three worlds full of magic, myth, and wonders where he must face his fears in order to rescue his loved one and save his village.

"The Book of Life" stars the voices of Dieg Luna as Manolo Sanchez, Zoe Saldana as Maria Posada, and Channing Tatum as Joaquin. They are three friends who discover that love still exists in the afterlife.

Other voice cast members include Ron Perlman as Xibalba, Christina Applegate as Mary Beth, Ice Cube as The Candle Maker, Kate del Castillo as La Muerte, Hector Elizondo as Carlos Sanchez, Danny Trejo as Skeleton Luis, Carlos Alazraqui as General Posada, Ana de la Reguerra as Carmen Sanchez, Placido Domingo as Skeleton Jorge, Jorge Gutierrez as Skeleton Carmelo, Eugeio Derbez as Chato, Gabriel Iglesias as Pepe Rodriguez, Dan Navarro as Chakal, Miguel Sandoval as Land of the Remembered Captain, Grey DeLisle as Grandma Sanchez, Ricardo Sanchez as Pablo Rodriguez, Cheech Marin as Pancho Rodriguez, Eric Bauza as Fether Domingo and Cave Guardian. Aron Warner as Thomas, Troy Evans as Old Man Hemingway, Guillermo del Toro as Land of the Remembered Captain's Wife, and Brad Booker as Conductor.

The film is directed and co-written by Jorge Gutierrez and Doug Langdale, with Aaron Berge, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro and Carina Schulze as producers.  

Guillermo del Toro spoke his thoughts on the Mexican concept of life in Telegraph.  "It is unnatural to deny effort, adversity, and pain," he said. "I think we live in a culture that is actually hhedging all of it towards comfort and immediacy, things that scare me. All the things that they sell us as a way of life scare me," he added.

Wigan Today reveals a glimpse of the Mexican culture as associate with the movie. The animated film has a tinge of an event called "Dia de los Muertos" or "Day of the Dead", which is a significant yearly gathering for families and friends. This is to honor the memory of their loved ones who passed away. The celebration takes place in three days, which starts on October 31. It involves activities such as decorating graves and constructed altars with flowers, sugar skulls, plus other gifts that have distinctive importance to the departed.

Aside from learning about the Mexican culture, the movie instills and emphasizes values to its audience, primarily the significance of family, as per Common Sense Media. This value can be understood by both children and parents. Also, behind the vibrant and colorful animation is the lesson of doing the right thing. The protagonists exhibit various traits that can mold people to become better.

"The Book of Life" is produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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