The 2010s is a transition phase for Pixar after the massive success they earned in the previous decade. In the 2010s, they released several major hits such as Toy Story 3, Monster University, Inside Out, and Finding Dory, but also relatively underwhelming films such as Cars 2, Cars 3, and Brave. After the financial disappointment of The Good Dinosaur and Cars 3, Pixar tried to capture their fans’ attention again with Coco.
Coco is a story about Miguel, a child who aspires to become a musician. His family, however, does not approve of his ambition, due to a regrettable music-related incident experienced by Imelda, his great-great-grandmother. He and his family live in Santa Cecilia, Mexico, a small town with a vibrant culture and even a vibrant and tight-knight community. Miguel also idolizes the famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz.
On the Day of the Dead, he decides to enter a talent competition, amid his family’s objection. He then breaks into Ernesto’s mausoleum and steals his guitar. However, once he uses it, he becomes invisible to the people around him. He also gains the ability to interact with his dead relatives who are visiting the town. They then take him to the Land of the Dead to show him the realm. Later, he learns that he must get back before sunrise, or he will become one of the dead forever.
Coco is an achingly beautiful story about loss and familial bonds. We see Miguel navigating the realm of the dead and learning about his family’s history and culture, which adds richness to the narrative of the film. Every character is fleshed out well by their distinctive personalities.
Coco is also truly a visual delight, with the amazing work of its artists in creating bright and colorful Land of the Dead. It does not feel dull even for a moment, with glowing tangerine, crimson, and violets scattered around the realm. The costume design is delightful and charming, showing traditional Mexican attire and decorations. Its animation is also sublime; the movement of the characters are fluid and natural.
The voice actors also did an incredible job of bringing these characters alive. Anthony Gonzalez, who voices Miguel, did a great work in bringing out Miguel’s bright and carefree personality. The music is one of this movie’s biggest strength. Several songs are really fun and essential elements to the film’s story progression and narrative, such as “Remember Me” is an enchantingly captivating tune about remembrance and familial love.
Coco is a magnificent achievement from Pixar. With its dazzling visuals and enchanting music, Coco is a glorious celebration and a faithful and respectful appreciation of Mexican culture and tradition. Coco is very fun and entertaining to enjoy and sing-along, especially alongside with your closed ones around.