Variety`s Geoff Berkshire wrote: ”The beautifully rendered CG animation, which is a big step forward for Dallas-based REEL FX animation studios (after their anemic feature arc on the Free Birds last year), brings to high-tech media an exceptionally warm and warm quality and appears as a true calling card for the film.”  Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: ”The Book of Life is an impressive visual effort, which compensates for its formal plot with an enchanting atmosphere that sweeps you into its fantasy world, in this case three worlds.”  Simon Abrams of The Village Voice wrote that the film ”pirated plot preaches tolerance while reinforcing the lame status quo.”  Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A- and said, ”With a hyperactive charm and a spectacular sea of color, it shows some of the most breathtaking animations we`ve seen over the past decade.”  Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two and a half stars out of four and said, ”The dizzying and complicated images are so beautiful, and the Latin-inspired songs are so catchy that the overall effect is often charming.”  Sara Stewart of the New York Post gave the film two out of four stars and said, ”Just in time for Mexico`s Day of the Dead arrives this beautifully colorful animated musical that, in visuals, almost (but not quite) does what it lacks in biting dialogue.”  Katie Rife of The A.V. Club gave the film a B and said, ”Ultimately, what pulls The Book Of Life down is its insistence on updating a (original) folk story for a contemporary audience. In practice, this means adding a few pop-cultural accents that only serve to get the viewer out of the fantasy scene.  And… You know… A lot of other things are happening, and I don`t want to say how it all turns out. But it`s just a very funny movie, and I love all the different topics or lessons, or whatever, and all the bits that warm the heart, and all those crazy bits, and… That`s all. Almost everything. And I can`t imagine what else to tell you. Apart from the DVD, there`s a bonus short film called ”The Adventures of Chuy,” about a pig Maria saved early in the film when she was a girl. It was a good story, but I really don`t know what to say about it. Second, how did xibalba Manolo cheat? He killed him by biting two of his snakes. Xibalba Production Information First Appearance: The Book of Life Voiced By: Ron Perlman Relationship Information Family: La Muerte (wife) Sartana (daughter)Two nameless daughters Six unnamed sons  El Chamuco (older brother) La Noche (sister-in-law) Role: Secondary Villain, later Antihero Traits Personality: Ancient: Sneaky, sly, cruel, manipulative, nasty Friendly, Caring Orientation: Mal/Neutral, later Good Likes: Earning What He Wants His Woman Wine ”Sabor of Romance” Aversion: Losing (previous) Don`t Get What He Wants (Previous) His Brother Personal Information Types: God Age: Ageless Genre: Male ♂: Immortal Hair Color: White Eye Color: Red (skulls) Home: Land of the Forgotten At one point, it seems that Manolo will win Maria`s heart, so Xibalba sends a snake to bite him.
But Mary pushes him out of her way, gets bitten herself and apparently dies. Manolo wants to be with her, so he makes a deal with Xibalba that makes his snake bite. Then Manolo appears in the land of reminders (now skeleton-shaped) and is again united with the many Sanchez who died before him (including his mother). By the way, it`s a little weird that you never see Joaquin`s father, who was dead. Anyway. For… Then… Manolo learns that Xibalba had cheated by sending the snake, so he now has control of the land of memories. Manolo must now travel to the land of the forgotten to get help from La Muerta. He is supported by his entire clan, but he must pass a test to find out if he is worthy.