Mexican folklore tale Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is thoughtfully portrayed by director, Guillermo del Toro. Similar in tone and spirit to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Book of Life distinguishes itself as a true original. Intent on educating the viewer, it is reminiscent of early Disney films Saludos Amigos (1942), and The Three Caballeros (1944).
Always respectful of the material, del Toro weaves the mythical and the mystical into a potent display honoring Latin American tradition. The Book of Life succeeds on numerous levels. The storytelling is first-rate and the visuals are on equal standing with Yellow Submarine (1968), and Fantastic Planet (1973).
The Book of Life is a terrific animated feature which conveys a strong message of cultural pride and respect. Highly recommended.