Legend holds that once a year on Dia de los muertos, aka the Day of the Dead, dead relatives return to visit their living families. Pixar’s “Coco” asks what happens if a human visits the Land of the Dead instead. A new trailer follows a young boy, Miguel, on his journey to find his relatives and then get back home.
Stylistically, I think the trailer looks great. The dead, have a distinctive look that does tie back to the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, but with a dash of Pixar artistry. The clip most of which is at night or in the Land of The Dead is pretty dark, which makes the glowing orange colors so dramatic.
I also really love this glimpse at the land of the dead and the rising city of its inhabitants. Makes me want to dive in and explore the world.
Looks like Pixar is back with another original story that’s going to intrigue the audience and tug on those emotional heart strings too. A lot will depend on if the audience can connect with Miguel and his journey. What do you think so far?
About the film:
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
Previously: Character list for Pixar’s Coco