I have a deep faith in Disney-Pixar when it comes to storytelling. They have this gift of hitting where it matters the most, our hearts. With the release of their next best film, Coco, Disney-Pixar once again gives families all across the world an understanding of another culture with the core story being about family. In Coco, we learn about the meaning behind Día de Los Muertos. My daughters’ father is from Mexico. After watching the film it brings me joy to know that my girls will now know the meaning behind such an incredibly special Mexican celebration. Coco is Disney-Pixar’s Feel Good Movie of the Year, just in time for the holidays.
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. 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.
Coco is Disney-Pixar’s Feel Good Movie of the Year
This is the first Disney film I haven’t covered from beginning to end in a long time. I was traveling this summer during many of the press events. College visits with my daughter took precedence over attending the Hollywood premiere last week. This made me see the film with fresh eyes and without any background knowledge making it a treat. I was able to see it just as most of the world will. With very little understanding of the Mexican tradition, and a newfound admiration for the meaning behind such a beautiful tribute to our departed family members. The research behind the film began back in 2011. So this film has been in the making for over 6 years. I love listening to the filmmakers share some of those research experiences.
The film is, of course as one will now come to expect in a Disney*Pixar film, visually tantalizing. With vibrant colors and as real as an animations world can be without not being animated, the story is equally as captivating but even more heartfelt. I don’t find myself crying often in movies, but this one got me. So even the strongest of hearts may want to bring some tissues.
As Amy from AsABunnyHops.com shared from one of her press trips, it was important to the filmmakers that the storytelling told an authentic story of family that also showcased the culture of Mexico. “In its very origination, [this film] came from a love of Mexico and a real kind of affinity for the people and the culture,” says Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina. “Wanting to create this love letter to Mexico-that was really important to us.”
“FOR THIS MUSIC IS MY LANGUAGE AND THE WORLD ES MI FAMILIA.”
I would be remised not to mention the music. The voice talents all have amazing voices that give us a soundtrack everyone will want to add to their collection.
COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd
*I attended a screening of Coco to share my thoughts with my readers. All opinions are my own.
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