Pixar Explores The Land Of The Dead In 'Coco'
“There’s a song in the air, and it’s playing just for you”
This fall, Pixar is bringing Día de los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead, to the big screen.
The studio's new project, Coco, follows a young boy named Miguel who is obsessed with legendary Mexican guitarist Ernesto de la Cruz. While visiting his idol’s grave (bad move number one), his curiosity gets the best of him, and he proceeds to pick up and then play his guitar (bad move number two). Since it’s the Day of the Dead, Miguel is then magically transported to the Land of the Dead, where he’s reunited with family from his past.
The film will include an all-Latinx cast and, from the looks of it, will be a colorful exploration of Mexican culture. Director, Lee Unkrich, told Entertainment Weekly that this is different than anything else the studio’s ever made before. “For the first time, we were going to have this enormous responsibility to do right by this culture and not lapse into stereotype or cliché.” Here’s hoping they live up to that responsibility.
Coco will open in theaters in 3-D because death is apparently less intimate in 2-D. It premieres November 22, a couple of weeks after the Mexican holiday ends. You can watch a sneak peek of the film above.