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A few weeks ago, we were invited to go to a local mall to celebrate the upcoming release of The Book Of Life. They had a little "carnival" celebration going on that day... They had a section of the mall blocked off with lots of fun activities for the kids... They could color and decorate a bag to use as a trick-or-treat bag for Halloween. They could get their face painted (and cute little manicures for the girls too!). They could get balloon animals (of course my son ended up with a sword) They also had an area where they could decorate a cookie to eat there or to take home. The plan was for him to take it home (he wanted to) but the line was so long to get that balloon sword that he must have worked up an appetite and had to eat it then for fuel for the day! Oh, did I mention they had a photo area where you could get your photo emailed/ facebook/ instagrammed/tweeted orr sent by text to you of you with the characters of the movie? Yeah! They went all out on making this a super fun event! (Thanks for that!)
So then, a couple days later we were able to go to an advance screening of the movie. I will say this.. all of the advertisement for this movie had Broxton wanting to go see it long before I even knew what it was about! He kept begging me to go, so of course when the invite came to go, I was going to try my best!
The Synopsis: THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.
So - what did we think??
We LOVED it! ALL of us! Marc was able to go that night and at first, I thought he would turn it down... you know, cartoon and all... but he went and even he had nothing but great things to say about it.
The vibrant colors of the movie kept things from getting dark. Yes, there is death (the movie talks about the legend of the character.) It starts as they are kids and goes all the way through, bringing us to today and the kids learning about his legend. What will he do to show his true love just how much he loves her? What will they all do to save their village?
If kids have seen this movie (or even the previews) I see the girls for sure wanting to be Maria for Halloween. We, as a family, really enjoyed the movie and I think that it would be a great one to plan to take your family to see. If the stellar line up of actors for the voices don't draw you in, the amazing soundtrack should!