Release year: 2017
Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Screenwriters: lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina
Starring (voices): Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Lombardo Boyar, Renee Victor
Ratings: 2 Oscars: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Song. 1 Golden Globe: Best Animated Feature. 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Original Song. 1 Empire Award: Best Animated Film.
Miguel (Gonzalez) wants nothing more than to be a musician. Unfortunately, he is prevented from fulfilling his fream by his family’s ancestral ban on music after his great-great-grandfather abandoned his family to pursue a music career. Unable to stop himself from trying, Miguel unwillingly puts a curse on himself and ends up in the Land of the Dead. Here he needs the help of his family to get back to the living, but what if that means giving up his dreams?
True to the festive celebration of the dead in Mexico, Coco is vibrant with colours, characters based on the traditional skull and brilliant music. Like we are used to with Pixar, the animation is breathtakingly beautiful, but somehow it seems like they still manage to impress every time, like here with this stunning tribute to Latin culture. But Pixar is also known for accompanying the visual pleasure of their films with a great story. This is also the case here, where the story is a tapestry of storytelling with nothing left to coincidence. Full of bouncy adventure we are taken on a journey through the story of Miguel’s life with heart-tugging moments within a warm atmosphere. It doesn’t exactly get worse by the fact, that the story is framed around both themes of family and an irresistible emotional tone while also showcasing one of the catchiest soundtracks ever heard in an animated feature as well as a mystery which leaves you guessing (who is he? Could it be?). The movie has been praised for having and all Latino cast and for its careful and considerate tribute to Latin culture, but it should be seen for much more than that. Because, like the music played by Miguel in the movie, Coco is warm-hearted, emotional, catchy, beautiful, vibrant and the list goes on. Coco is undoubtedly another classic from the people at Pixar.
The only voice actor on the movie who is not Latino is John Ratzenberger. The actor has provided his voice for every single Pixar move and so they did not wish to break tradition and found a small part for him. He is the skeleton who is allowed to cross over to the land of the living because his dentist remembers him.
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