To be honest, after the release of movies like Zootopia and Moana, I actually forgot all about Pixar and their own branch of Disney movies. After Inside Out and the so-so reception of The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory, Pixar's next movie will be Coco, an animated film inspired by Mexico's Dia Delos Muertos holiday a.k.a. Day of the Dead.
To tell you the truth, I'm not entirely hooked. It looks very close to 2014's The Book of Life which was also about the Day of the Dead and music. Sure there are some changed elements here and there, but Pixar will have to prove that Coco is one entirely different animal.
Then again, The Book of Life was too close to a kids movie, and it didn't really seem fun for adult audiences. With Pixar's storytelling ability, I have confidence that they could bring in something totally mature and emotional, and at the same time, make something fun for the kids.
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.
Coco is slated for a release on Nov. 22.