Pixar's first original film since The Good Dinosaur in 2015, Coco is about a boy who aspires to become a famous musician and goes on an adventure through an other-worldly land.
Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Writer: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Miguel is a 12-year-old boy who wants to be like his idol – the famous musician Ernesto de la Cruz – despite his family's ban on music. Desperate to prove his passion, Miguel lands up in the Land of the Dead, where he meets a charming trickster, Hector, and goes on a journey to uncover his family's history.
Coco is more than just a colorful animated film, it is deeply connected to Mexican culture. It heavily features Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. This is a multi-day tradition where friends and family gather to remember, pray for, and help the dead in their spiritual journey through the afterlife.
Faithfully representing a foreign culture in any film is tricky, especially since it's easy to offend people by the slightest misrepresentations. Thankfully, Pixar doesn't do things half-way. The filmmakers traveled to Mexico five times to research the culture and traditions. The co-director Molina, as well as many of the voice actors and musicians who have worked on the film, also have roots in Mexican culture. A lot of care has been taken to create this film that has been in production since 2011.
In true Pixar spirit, it is going to crack you up and make you weep. If you look closely, you'll also be able to spot the famous Pizza Planet truck and even piñatas of Pixar characters like Mike Wasowski from Monsters Inc. and Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story.
Co-director Lee Unkrich has also directed Toy Story 3. The music for Coco has been composed by Michael Giacchino, who worked on many other Pixar films like Up and Inside Out. This will also be Disney and Pixar's last original film for this decade as there are only sequels scheduled to release since 2020. Coco has already released in a few countries, including Mexico, where it has broken the country's box office record.
This is the first time in many years that a Pixar film will not be screening a Pixar-made short before the theatrical release. But the makers of the film have already released a short from Coco that you can watch below.