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Did you hear about COCO?

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All we need is music, at least that's the idea that stayed with me at the end of the new Coco trailer. Whenever the flow escapes your actions, tune in to your favorite song, grab a guitar or just wait for Pixar's newest project to arrive in theaters.

Pixar has two new feature films for us this year, and one of them is the aforementioned Coco. In the film’s first teaser trailer, we meet our protagonist, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old aspiring musician who is obsessed with legendary Mexican guitarist Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). But after touching Ernesto’s guitar, he’s taken, somehow, to the Land of the Dead, where his adventure begins. The trailer shows the events that lead up to Miguel’s journey to the Land of the Dead. Sitting in front of the TV, watching an old VHS tape of de la Cruz and playing his own beat up guitar, which he designed to look like his idol’s, he plays along and passionately works on his fingering. After visiting de la Cruz’s grave and strumming the singer’s guitar, Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead. The new world might be morbid, but it is only technically lifeless, as the environment is vibrant and beautiful. We only see a glimpse of it, but we can imagine the rhythmic adventure that lies within.

The official synopsis, released by Pixar a while back, reads:

Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel, who resides in a lively, loud Mexican village but comes from a family of shoemakers that may be the town’s only music-hating household. For generations, the Riveras have banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it; as their family history goes, Miguel’s great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of the now-thriving Rivera line and declare music dead to the family forever.

But Miguel harbors a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.

But Miguel harbors a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.

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Coco, helmed by Toy Story 3 and Up director Lee Unkrich, is obviously inspired by the Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, a celebration that has been fascinating filmmakers for many years. The animation features an all-Latin cast including Mozart in the Jungle star Gael García Bernal and Weeds’s Renée Victor.

"Hopes will be high for Coco, which will be Pixar’s first original project since 2015’s The Good Dinosaur. In recent years the studio has focused largely on sequels. Last year brought Finding Dori, the follow-up to Finding Nemo, while in June Pixar will release the third film of their critically maligned but commercially successful Cars franchise. After Coco Pixar’s slate will not feature an original feature until 2020, with the studio releasing Toy Story 4 and a second Incredibles film in the interim." (via The Guardian)

Coco’s production has seen its own set of difficulties as Pixar's parent company Disney initially wanted to trademark Dia de los Muertos, the original title of the film, for merchandising purposes. As one would expect, online protests followed and the company was accused of cultural appropriation, The Guardian informs. As a result, Disney dropped the trademark of the name and changed the title to Coco, a more suiting and simple title, which will surely stay with you.

Disney, which is prepping Pixar’s Cars 3 for a June debut, releases Coco on November 22. It first announced the project inspired by the Mexican holiday back in April 2012.

Check out the newest teaser below:

And take a look at the very colorful poster, as one would also expect.

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Tags:   news, animation, trailer, Pixar, film news, Coco

Related:   Toy Story 3, Mozart in the Jungle


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