After the sequel “Finding Dory” proved to be a slight letdown, I’ve been hoping Pixar would get back to doing more original stories. Mind you, that doesn’t automatically mean the film will be great. Just look at “The Good Dinosaur”. But at least the studio isn’t relying on former glories to prop up the storytelling and characterisation.
Pixar has a wholly original movie in the works right now called “Coco”, so that’s encouraging. We knew next to nothing about it though — other than the fact that Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) will co-direct with Adrian Molina, who also wrote the script. Until today, when Disney released a first look at the movie in the form of a poster and concept art. As expected, it looks beautiful.
But what’s the movie about? The studio also revealed some story details, via this official synopsis: “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” premieres 22nd November 2017.