Pixar’s next animated feature “Coco” showcases the importance of family, honoring your ancestors, and following your dreams and the difficulty of making all those efforts align. It follows young Miguel as he travels through the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead to find his idol Ernesto de la Cruz.
As part of Miguel’s journey through the Land of the Dead, he has to return over the bridge to the world of the living, but things aren’t so simple, as we see in this ‘jaw-dropping’ clip from “Coco”:
Poor Hector. I love the detail in the clip. From the entry gates that remind me of a certain theme park, to the skull shaped control panel at the ‘customs’ station. Also since all the residents are just skeletons, the waist belts are all drawn extra tight. You can always count on Pixar to get the details right.
Pixar paid close attention to authenticity in “Coco.” According to producer Darla K. Anderson, they wanted to ensure that the music not only sounded genuine, but looked genuine too. “We used footage of musicians as reference so that that when Miguel strums his guitar, it looks right. We recruited a number of talented musicians from Mexico whose ability to pur their hearts into this music makes all the difference in the world.”
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 in 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.
“Coco” is directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson. Unkrich and Anderson teamed up for 2010’s Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning feature “Toy Story 3,” which is the second highest-grossing animated feature in worldwide box office.
“Coco” features original score from Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“Up), a song by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Frozen”) and additional songs written by Germaine Franco. Also part of the music team is consultant Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound, as well as cultural consultants Lalo Alcaraz, Marcela Davison Aviles, and Octavio Solis.
We can’t wait to see Pixar’s Coco when it debuts in the US on November 22.