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Disney-Pixar Coco Movie Features Mexico’s Day Of The Dead, Music And An All-Latino Cast

The Disney-Pixar Coco movie trailer was released last Wednesday, March 15. This new animated movie revolves around Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead. So, you ask, why should I watch this movie?

Disney-Pixar Coco Is Based On Mexico’s Annual Holiday

Pixar returns to the big screen with an original project titled Coco. The Guardian reports that the movie features the story of Miguel, a young boy who loves music. The outlet notes that Miguel is captivated by the music of a dead guitar player, Ernesto dela Cruz.

In one of the scenes in the movie’s trailer, Miguel looks intently on his television, copying how Ernesto plucks the strings on his guitar. The boy listens to the music Ernesto played while he does it to his own musical instrument.

The outlet notes that the Disney-Pixar Coco draws the movie’s “imagery” from Mexico’s Day of the Dead. The South American country celebrates this annual holiday at the end of October. Huffington Post reports that the Dia de los Muertos is a holiday commemorating loved ones who have passed away.

Movie Sticks To An All-Latino Cast

The latter report notes that moviegoers will see Miguel’s colorful journey to the world of the dead with the help of a trickster named Hector. The outlet also notes that movie only has an all-Latino cast. Benjamin Bratt lends his voice to the suave guitarist, Ernesto.

Moreover, Mozart in the Jungle star Gael Garcia Bernal is the voice behind the trickster, Hector, while newcomer Anthony Gonzalez is the main character’s voice. Renee Victor joins the cast as Miguel’s grandmother.

The movie’s director Lee Unkrich told Entertainment Weekly the importance of having an all-Latino casting. “It focused us, and we ended up with a fantastic mix of people — some from Mexico and some from Los Angeles,” said Unkrich.

Meanwhile, the movie stuck to its Mexican theme, the outlet notes that the Disney-Pixar Coco movie used “traditional Mexican music” but at the same time written original compositions sung by the movie’s cast.

Disney-Pixar Coco Movie Release Date Details

The initial report notes that this is Pixar’s first original project venture since the 2015 movie, The Good Dinosaur. Most of the animated company’s movies were mainly sequels like Finding Dory and Cars.

Prior to the movie’s trailer release, the outlet notes that Disney attempted to trademark Dia de los Muertos for merchandising purposes. However, this move was met with a lot of online protests that the multimedia company decided to drop the trademark and decided to change the movie’s title to Coco.

The Disney-Pixar Coco movie will have its theatrical release on Nov. 22 in the US and on Dec. 8 for its UK patrons. Watch the movie trailer below and let us know what you think!

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