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. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on
Just a few weeks back I traveled to San Francisco and went to the fabled Pixar campus to learn all about their newest upcoming film: Coco. Over the next few weeks leading up to release day, I’ll be sharing Fun Facts, Interviews, Cool Behind The Scenes Info, and even some Concept Art. So let’s get down to it!
About That First Pitch To John Lasseter
Lee Unkrich said, “It was a film that I had been developing before Toy Story 3 happened and then another new original idea and then this notion of doing a story set against the Dia De Los Muertos and immediately John sparked to the Dia De Los Muertos idea. As I mentioned to some of you yesterday this first story that we developed was completely different than what we ended up doing with Coco but John just was really excited about the notion of setting a story in this world. It felt unique to him.”
Why Is The Filmed Called Coco?
“What we really loved about this title it was kind of our working title for a while and there’s a certain mystery to it. You go into a theatre and you don’t quite know what it means or who it is but very early on you discover that Coco is Miguel’s great grandmother and kind of in the spirit of connection to family and remembrance. She’s the oldest person in this family and as such kind of the keeper of those stories and the keeper of the memories and we thought she kind of really symbolized the spirit of a lot of the themes of our film.” Per Lee Unkrich.
Nothing Was Easy
Darla K. Anderson said, “I can tell you that. Nothing in trying to figure out a story and figuring out all the intricacies of pulling together is ever easy I don’t think. The only thing that’s easy is working with a great team of people who we enjoy to go on this journey with and the intricacies and difficulties.”
Coco Is a Love Letter To Mexico
Adrian Molina said, “We wanted to approach this film with, you know, in its very origination came from a love of Mexico and a real kind of affinity for the people and the culture. I know on Toy Story 3 when you guys had been doing a lot of travelling we’ve always gotten such a beautiful response to our films and such, you know, open arms in our tours when we’ve gone down and so, you know, wanting to share that love, wanting to create this love letter to Mexico that was really important to us. So if anything I think it only reaffirmed how much we love and appreciate the culture and the people and the traditions that come from the beautiful country.”
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is the Short in Front of Coco
As Lee Unkrich stated, “We’ve all seen it and we were pleasantly surprised by how surprisingly fitting it was to go in front of Coco. It deals a lot with kind of family connections and family ideas. You’d think it wasn’t a good fit but it’s actually a surprisingly good fit.”
As you can tell I loved everything I learned about Coco. Pixar has once again pulled off a film for the ages that tugs at your heart. Remember Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on
***Disclosure: I attended the #PixarCocoEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***