It’s a collaboration between Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, a kind of untypical Animation Movie. “Coco” is a movie about a young Mexican Boy called Miguel who doesn’t want to follow the family traditions instead he is seeking to become a Musician. His great hero is Ernesto de la Cruz the (probably) best Musician of the World and he does everything to step into his footpaths. Unfortunately, he follows him even into the Realm of Death, a surprisingly cheerful and colorful place. He has to get the blessing of one of his relatives to return into the world of men before the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is over, but he keeps on getting in trouble.
“Coco” was a real surprise for me, I thought it might be a cute little children’s movie but it’s not it has a well-based story and a charmingly way to confront us with Death and the importance of family. I expected something like “Corpse Bride” or “A Nightmare before Christmas” but it’s not spooky at all, you get a feeling for the bright culture of Mexico and it’s values, something sadly not often enough shown in movies yet. The movie premiered first in Mexico, the weekend before the Día de los Muertos and was the best grossing movie ever shown in Mexico. It’s both a pleasure to watch, independently of you being a child or an adult and I would give 7/10. The only thing I did really not enjoy was the pre-movie, a Christmas plotting short film of “Frozen”, which was comparing to “Coco” a true unreasonable demand.
Director: Lee Unkrich
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Picture by Valeria Almaraz
Text by Verena