On Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, “Coco” (PG) was released in many local theaters, just in time for the holiday season.
The story takes place on the holiday “Dia De Los Muertos,” which many Buena students are familiar with because of the school’s annual event.
In this animated film, a boy named Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) has always dreamed about becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, he finds himself in a colorful land of the dead following mysterious change of events.
During his adventure he meets a charming trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), and together they set off on an adventure to help reveal the story behind Miguel’s family history.
I recommend this movie for its adventurous storyline and colorful animation.
The film is written by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (who directed the film and wrote the book Toy Story 3), Jason Katz, and Matthew Aldrich. The movie was produced by Darla K. Anderson and John Lasseter and music by Michael Giacchino.
The movie also includes multiple songs that the characters sing, these songs include “Remember Me”, “Much Needed Advice”, “Everyone Knows Juanita”, “Un Poco Loco”,and “Jálale.” They were composed by Michael Giacchino and written by Germaine Franco, Adrian Molina, Robert Lopez, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Although the movie is entertaining, the plot line seems unoriginal and reminds me of the movie “The Book of Life.” The plot shows different characters going on an adventure to the magical land of the dead, similar to in the “Book of Life,” replacing wooden dolls, with animated humans turning into skeletons.
- This was pixar’s first original movie since the “Good Dinosaur” (2015) they made “Finding Dory”(2016) and “Cars 3”(2017) which were sequels, but had not made an original movie since 2015.
- The Land of the Dead is inspired by the Mexican City Guanajuato, which is known for its colorful houses on the hillsides that appear stacked like in the movie.
- When Miguel is walking down at the beginning of the movie, you can spot piñatas of some pixar characters: Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Mike Wazowski.