If you have not seen the animated movie The Book of Life I would highly recommend it. This movie came to theaters November of last year, which makes sense because it deals a lot with the Day of the Dead. The story could come across a little bit typical with two boys (Joaquin and Manolo) fighting over the love of a girl (Maria). What is great is that there are elements that they added to the story to make it more than just a love triangle.
For one thing the animation is computer generated, but they chose to make all the characters look like wooden figurines. This just creates a different look than I have seen before in an animated movie like this. Another element is the use of music throughout the story, which is a mix of popular songs and original music. Music is a big part of the story overall as well, so the use of music is very important. The final thing that I actually really like about this movie is the character of Maria herself. She has her own story and personality, even though others try to use her or tame her she has her own mind. Continue reading