After the string of recent disappointments (“Finding Dory”, “The Good Dinosaur”), it’s time for a great Pixar movie again. I certainly hope “Coco” is that movie. The project has remained somewhat mysterious until recently, where we didn’t know much about it other than music would feature heavily and it would feature a Hispanic setting. Well, now the very first footage has debuted online, and it gives us a pretty good idea of what the movie is about, as well as the look of the world. I gotta say this looks very promising, and I’ve always loved the Mexican Day Of The Dead festival. It’s so macabre yet cheerful, and it’s a great platform for Pixar to really spread their creative wings.
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.