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Pixar has always tested the boundaries of what’s possible in an animated film. And this time around, they’ve crossed the boundary separating the living and the dead to bring you this vibrant adventure about music, family, skeletons… and the occasional musically inclined skeletal family member. This movie has LAYERS. In Coco, a boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) faces a problem: he longs to be a musician like his idol, Ernesto (Benjamin Bratt), but his family has enforced a generations-long ban on music ever since his great-great-grandmother was abandoned by her musician husband. Complicating matters is Miguel’s suspicion that Ernesto might actually have been his missing great-great-grandfather! To follow his dreams, Miguel borrows a guitar from Ernesto’s mausoleum in order to compete in a talent show in celebration of the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead – and finds himself stuck in the Land of the Dead instead. With the help of his skeletal relatives and a dead musician named Héctor (Gael García Bernal), Miguel unravels the truth of his family’s history as he tries to find his way back to the Land of the Living. If you’re you thinking, “Really? A family friendly movie about dead people?” – don’t worry. Instead of being a dour experience, Coco brings the dead to life in brilliant color, with lots of music, humor, wit and heart. An emotional journey with deep Mexican routes, the film went on to win two Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song.
May 29, 2018 Update: Pixar is back this summer with Incredibles 2.
- Anthony Gonzalez
- Gael García Bernal
- Benjamin Bratt
- Alanna Ubach
- Renee Victor
- Jaime Camil
- Alfonso Arau
- Herbert Siguenza
- Gabriel Iglesias
- Lombardo Boyar
Did You Know?
- The film was originally titled "Día de los Muertos" for the Mexican holiday (NOTE: In Spanish, the holiday is properly called Día de Muertos). During the film's production, in 2015, the Walt Disney Company made a request to trademark the phrase "Día de los Muertos" for various merchandising applications. This was met with significant criticism from many people in the United States, particularly the Mexican American community, who derided the company for cultural appropriation and exploitation. A week later, Disney canceled these efforts, and changed the film's title to "Coco". Some time later, Pixar Animation Studios hired Mexican American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, playwright Octavio Solis, and former CEO of the Mexican Heritage Corp. Marcela Davison Aviles, as technical consultants for the film, and asked them to take voice-over roles in the film. Alvarez is the creator of the comic strip "La Cucaracha," and his signature on the strip, a caricature of himself over the name "LALO," can be seen as a graffito on a wall in the City of the Dead.
- The photo from the ofrenda which Miguel brought with him depicting Mama Imelda and Coco remains dry without further damage after he gets wet twice (slipping into the guitar shaped pool and tossed into a pool inside a cave).
- [from trailer]
- Ernesto de la Cruz: I have to sing. It's not just *in* me... It *is* Me.
Atom User Reviews
next time don't play frozen before the movie
I haven't left a theater feeling this way in a long time!
The movie slips into a familiar rut and the scenery fades into the background.
At every imaginative juncture, the filmmakers (the screenplay is credited to Pixar veteran Molina and Matthew Aldrich) create a richly woven tapestry of comprehensively researched storytelling, fully dimensional characters, clever touches both tender and amusingly macabre, and vivid, beautifully textured visuals.
In its zeal to pay proper respect to Mexican traditions and to avoid any hint of appropriation, Coco fails to give as much attention to its perfunctory characters or mediocre plotting, resulting in a family film which is reverent rather than inspired.