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The Book of Life is a recent DVD addition to the Port Library that may satisfy an itch to see something just a little bit different that the regular thriller, romance, or comedy movie. Animated in a distinctly colorful style, The Book of Life’s characters are all articulated and independent wooden puppets. The story they tell is anything but wooden! Based on Mexican myths, the story is basically set around two young men named Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and Joaquin (voiced by Channing Tatum) who both vie for the heart of the beautiful Maria (voiced by Zoe Saldana). However, from there this tale is rich with many other characters, real-world and otherworldly settings, and more than one nail-biting adventurous moment! In addition to the mortal love triangle, three spirits struggle over control of their sector of the world. La Muerte rules over the underworld Land of the Remembered while Xilbalba rules the Land of the Forgotten. Meanwhile up in the land of the living, sinister bandit Chakal is ready to come with his men and take over the town where Joaquin, Manolo, and Maria live. But when the spirits place a bet as to who Maria will choose to marry one day, life (and death) get complex! This movie is a children’s tale and though the plot gets a bit complicated everyone in the family should enjoy the vivid colors.
You can get the DVD reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”