[twitter]Now this is the kind of Halloween movie that I am excited to see. The Book of Life takes inspiration from Dia de los Muertes to tell 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.

Sounds like the traditional hero/princess storyline, but it’s the animation and setting that has me excited to see this. While we celebrate a haunting holiday with Halloween and tricks and treats, the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertes (Day of the Dead) is done with bright colours, eerie skeletons, and many parties.

Day of Dead - Book of Life

Day of the Dead is a 3 day celebration where families gather to remember loved ones who have died. They make offerings, remember their favorite food and drink, and fill cemeteries with bright flowers. Mexicans believe every sould should be remembered as a happy soul, so that’s why you see brightly coloured skeletons (calacas) often wearing human clothes as part of Dia de los Muertes.

So while Manolo is forced to face his fears while he sets off on his quest, we get to learn more about world cultures with a familiar Halloween-ish theme through the film. The more we learn about each other, the smaller the world will feel. Sign me up.

Muerte Gif

The Book of Life opens October 17, is rated PG, and stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and more.

Book of Life Characters

The movie has inspired an entire world of collectibles and toy available at the Cost Plus World Market Book of Life Shop. From rubber ducks to maracas to guitars, you can bring home the beautiful magic of this movie. The guitar looks wonderful. It’s such a great instrument for kids to learn (as we discovered this summer) – So why not win one?!

#BookOfLife Prize Pack Contest

book of life guitarWin a The Book of Life Prize Pack including a $25 Visa gift card (to buy tickets to the film) and a mini guitar & keepsake box from Cost Plus World Market!

How to Enter:

All you need to do is watch the trailer above to see which rapper stars in the film alongside Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, and Christina Applegate in the film.  Once you solve that riddle, use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and then earn some bonus entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced via the Rafflecopter widget. All entries must be completed by 11:59pm ET on October 12, 2014. Open to Canadian and US mailing addresses only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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