Coco the Disney Pixar movie
|Original title: Coco
Directed by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Miguel, Hector, Ernesto de la Cru, Imelda, Abuelita, Dad,
Production: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Exit date: 28 December 2017 at the cinema
Gender: Fantasy, Comedy
Duration: 109 minutes
Recommended age: Children from 6 to 12 years old
The story of the movie Coco
Coco tells the story of the young Miguel who dreams of becoming a famous musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz but does not understand why any form of music has been strictly forbidden in the family for generations. Eager to prove his talent, following a mysterious series of events Miguel ends up finding himself in the surprising and colorful Land of the Afterlife.
Every child has a dream of what he will become. For Miguel, the twenty-first protagonist of the highly anticipated new Pixar film Coco, that vision is to become a musician.
But it won't be that easy. This 12-year-old boy who lives with his large family in the fictional Mexican city of Santa Cecilia is banned from playing music by a long family curse, but hopes he can become a cobbler as per family tradition. The story is set during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which becomes the perfect time for Miguel to explore his family history in hopes of becoming a musician.
The words of the directors
To prepare for Pixar Studio's 19th animated film, director Lee Unkrich and co-director / screenwriter Adrian Molina took a dip in the traditional celebrations surrounding Día de los Muertos by making multiple trips to Mexico with their team to learn how the party is celebrated today. They pulled flowers most of their ideas by observing the Oaxaca festivities. Although Día de los Muertos has roots in 500-year-old Aztec culture, worshipers today adorn the fashion with skeletons, favorite foods of the deceased, and vibrant flowers.
For Unkrich, who grew up in the Jewish faith, Mexican traditions were a fascinating and uplifting contrast to his. "It was so comforting and vital to see people pass on these stories about their loved ones as part of Día de los Muertos," says Unkrich. "You have these vibrant colors and ofrendas (objects placed on a ritual altar during the celebration) filled with things loved by their loved ones, which was so different from what I grew up with - the Yahrzeit - the Jewish tradition of lighting a candle for a loved one who died, who seems much sadder to me. "
Unkrich, who won an Oscar for directing the 2011 Pixar film Toy Story 3
, says that by visiting Mexico and witnessing how meticulous people were with their magazines, the light and color of the film became very important to him. "Candle lighting plays a big part in this holiday, as do the bright, vibrant colors you see everywhere and in everything," says Unkrich. "If we wanted to tell the story of this party, those elements had to be right."
"When I first heard about the idea for Coco, I was still a storyboard designer, but I knew I would do anything to be part of the film. So, I pitched my ideas to Lee and it helped me a lot," says Molina. "The more we talked, the more we realized that our ideas of how the story should be told were totally synchronized."
“We wanted everything in the film to have a feel of Mexico's culture, stories and people, so going there to experience those things was really important,” adds Molina. "We were welcomed into people's lives and this allowed us to absorb the details of the places we went to."
Designers, musicians and animators collaborated to create the architecture of the city and use colors that were authentic. As the film opens on the city invented for the film, viewers can see papel picado (a traditional paper-cut decoration) in bright colors and attached to all buildings.
As this is a film about an aspiring musician with a family history rooted in song, the sounds of the film have become crucial. Coco's score is written by composer Michael Giacchino ( Up , Ratatouille
) and features an original Bolero Ranchero-style song titled "Remember Me" by fellow Academy Award winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez ( Frozen
The film features the voice talents of Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Cheech Marin, Alanna Ubach and Gabriel Iglesias. The central character Miguel is played by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, who Unkrich says "... he can do anything and everything the character needs." Additionally, Gael García Bernal voices Miguel's companion, Hector: a Mexican cheating spirit in the guise of a skeleton.
Pictures from the animated film Coco