Pixar’s Coco is out and playing at theaters everywhere. This movie has been a big win with critics and fans. It’s even certified FRESH at Rotten Tomatoes. One of the things that everyone keeps talking about with this film is the music. The music played a big part in the movie and I’m here to help shed a little bit of light on that subject.
A few months back I was at PIXAR and had time to listen to a presentation about the music of Coco with with Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Songwriter/Arranger), Camilo Lara (Consultant), Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director) & Federico Ramos (Guitarist). Not only was it inspiring, but I also feel in love with the music that day! I added several songs to my playlists.
One thing we kept hearing about during this presentation was about Authenticity. The filmmakers really wanted to get it right. They went through a lot of research and wanted to pay homage to all of the different styles of music in Mexico. You can see that all of the hard work really played off. Check out this featurette below:
- All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitar to give animators reference footage.
- Additional facial rigs were added to Ernesto de la Cruz that enhanced his Adams apple, throat and cheek vibrations when he sings.
- To help bring Miguel’s passion to life, filmmakers enlisted the talents of notable songwriters, including the Oscar®-winning team behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 feature “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. For “Coco,” they penned the thematic song “Remember Me,” which is the signature song for beloved performer Ernesto de la Cruz in the movie, and is heard multiple times throughout the film. “The song is from the point of view of a person hoping to be remembered by a loved one,” said Anderson-Lopez. “But the lyric can be interpreted a few different ways depending on the tempo and tone of the music.”
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of 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 Héctor (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” is in U.S. theaters NOW.
***Disclosure: I attended the #PixarCocoEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***