I am pinning quite a lot of hopes on Pixar’s next effort “Coco” to return to the heights of “Inside Out”. Heck, I’d even be happy if they hit “A Bug’s Life” levels. Just don’t give us anymore tired, uninspired stuff like the “Cars” franchise and “Finding Dory”. So far, everything I’ve seen of this one has been promising. Although the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration has been featured in animated feature films before, this seems to take a rather emotional approach to it, what with its theme of the main protagonist kid getting to meet his deceased family in the afterlife. It’s about legacy, belonging and adult themes that Pixar does so well. And as usual, the movie looks gorgeous.
Here’s the official description: “Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). 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 (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.”
“Coco” is co-directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Adrian Molina, who also wrote the script. It premieres 22nd November.