My daughter and I were riveted to the TV each time the promotional commercials for the movie “The Book of Life” were on. I think it had something to do with the stunning visuals, and the festive colors. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie. My daughter told me that it was a romantic movie and so I was immediately sold on it. Little did I know that this animated children’s film was about celebrating the Day of the Dead….Yikes I wasn’t prepared!!! The Day of the Dead, or in the Mexican tradition Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that typically spans from Halloween through All Saints’ Day. It certainly is an unusual focal point for a children’s movie, right?
But the director Jorge R. Gutierrez (Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera”) explains the Day of the Dead “It’s more than a holiday; it’s a philosophy. The core belief behind the Day of the Dead is that as long as you remember those who came before you, and as long as you tell their stories, cook their dishes and sing their songs – they’re with you. They live inside your heart.” I loved this message, and the way the director portrayed it in such a delicate, yet descriptive, and magical way. It seemed to resonate with my children (4, 8, and 10) as well. They walked away loving the movie. Although the 4 year old did have a nice siesta for part of it.
This year, I think our household will celebrate the Day of the Dead, in our own magical way. Honoring all our loved ones who have passed away, rejoicing, and remembering their stories.
I loved this movie a lot. It was funny, entertaining, visually stunning, and full of important messages. I also really enjoyed the music. My only regret was that we didn’t see it in 3D. Take your kids; I promise that “The Book of Life” holds many entertaining and meaningful moments for children and adults alike.