Disney- Pixar’s latest animation Coco opens in the UK on 19th January, but it’s already taken a hefty chunk of the world by storm. We reveal why this Day Of The Dead-inspired adventure is proving a global critic and box office hit.
It’s a brave new world and culture for Disney/Pixar
“Not only is it a wholly original story, but it also honours a culture that’s so often overlooked by the movie industry. That alone might have made it a hit, but Coco has so much more to offer.”
– Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
From the Californian Pacific ocean to Andy’s bedroom via the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Disney/Pixar has taken us on some wild and wonderful adventures over the years, but this time the studio is travelling into uncharted realms…
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 and 3), Coco is set in Mexico during the country’s Day Of The Dead festival and features a young boy named Miguel who accidentally journeys into the afterworld. It’s the first time the multiple Oscar-winning studio has ventured south of the border and the result is actually a glorious celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, which the Latin American world has welcomed with open arms.
Since its release on 27 October, Coco has become Mexico’s biggest movie ever. Europe, South America, the United States and Australasia have all embraced it too, with the film amassing $450 million globally.
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“The best moments in Coco are the less splendiferous, more solemn segments, especially the loving exchanges between Miguel and his great-grandmother Mama Coco.”
– Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
The best and most curious idea behind Coco is the respectful and exhilarating exploration of Mexican culture mixed with some of Pixar’s more familiar tropes such as unforgettable characters. The necessary demand for cultural diversity and representation in filmmaking takes us into a world where the heroes represent something different.
At the heart of Coco’s story is Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old boy from the small Mexican town of Santa Cecilla. He dreams of becoming a famous guitarist like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), but music is banned in his shoemaker household (we find out why as the plot unfolds).
Brilliantly voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez (who really can sing like an angel), Miguel is a character you instantly warm to. He’s mischievous, inquisitive, caring and rebellious, like most 12 years old, and seeing him discover the true meaning of family really does pluck at the heart strings (in true Ernesto style).
The storline packs an emotional wallop
“There’s something indelibly moving about a child getting in touch with the ancestors he’s lost and forging a bond that can last over time.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Like the very best Pixar movies, Coco packs a hefty emotional punch. Whereas Up and Finding Nemo have you crying from the get-go, this one eases you in gently (there’s a heck of a lot of intriguing back-story to get through first).
Once Miguel is in the Land Of The Dead, however, the big emotions really begin. Watching him bond with trickster Héctor and his dearly departed relatives is a tear-inducing delight. You’ll need tissues!
The animation is bursting with colour and the songs are lively and memorable!
“Every step of the way in Coco is a visual and sonic delight.”
– Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Although sniffles are guaranteed, Coco will also have you laughing out loud, with Miguel’s hilarious hairless dog Dante providing many of the chuckles. The film also boasts some incredible songs, including the heartfelt ‘Remember Me’ (by Frozen duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and sung beautifully by Benjamin Bratt) and some truly eye-popping visuals.
Seriously, the attention to detail is award-worthy. When Miguel plays the guitar, he strums the correct chords. Piñatas of Woody and Buzz from Toy Story can also be spotted in the market scene. For a film about the dead, Coco is well and truly alive.
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Take part in to this extraordinary journey with Coco in ODEON cinemas 19th January!