Pixar is back with a touching story of aspiring musician named Miguel. The first trailer of the newest animated film, Coco, is already available.
Director Lee Unkrich (Up, Toy Story 3) describes the movie as ‚Äúa love-letter to Mexico‚ÄĚ. The movie is telling a story of Miguel, a young boy captivated by the musicianship of dead guitar player Ernesto de la Cruz. After the boy breaks into Ernesto‚Äôs mausoleum and touches his magic guitar, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead and makes a journey into his family history.
The trailer shows the events before Miguel‚Äôs journey to the Land of the Dead, with a tantalising glimpse of what might meet him there. The movie depicts the imagery of D√≠a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the annual Mexican holiday traditionally celebrated at the end of October.
One has only to recall Toy Story 3 (created by the same team as Coco) to understand that the top-level animation and stunning world-building was rather predictable. From the goofy sidekick dog to the glowing realm of the dead, Coco is already promising a magical movie experience.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are among those providing the voice work.
The official synopsis of Coco says:
‚ÄúDespite his family‚Äôs baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. 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, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.‚ÄĚ
Coco is Pixar‚Äôs first original project since The Good Dinosaur in 2015. The studio mostly focused on sequels in recent years. Last year it presented Finding Dory, the follow-up to Finding Nemo. In the upcoming June, we will enjoy the third film of their critically maligned but commercially successful Cars franchise followed by Toy Story 4 and a second Incredibles movie. Thus, Pixar will not release original movies till 2020.
Coco‚Äôs creators make no secret that they met some difficulties during Coco‚Äôs production. In 2013, Disney, Pixar‚Äôs parent company, attempted to trademark ‚ÄúDia de los Muertos‚ÄĚ, the original title of the movie, for merchandising purposes. The idea failed while the move resulted in online protests and the company was accused of cultural appropriation. Disney had to drop the trademark of the name and the title was changed to Coco. Pixar later hired Mexican political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, one of the most vocal critics of the trademark attempt, as part of the film‚Äôs animation team.
The release of Coco is scheduled for November 22 in the US, and December 8 in the UK.