To the confusion of millions of moviegoers, Pixar is preparing to release their third installment of their Cars franchise later this month. However, if you weren’t planning on checking out the further adventures of Lightning McQueen this summer, there is still a reason to believe in Pixar. This fall they will release their second film of the year and they’re looking to explore a new world full of color and culture with Coco.
Coco tells the story of young boy who goes on a journey through the Land of the Dead to find his musical muse. It looks to be unlike anything that Pixar has attempted before, which seemed to be a mandate of the studio before every hit movie spawned a franchise. The cast features the voice talents of Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Gabriel Iglesias, Cheech Marin, and more, so hopefully the movie will have the feeling of authenticity.
Last year Disney’s Moana found great success with both critics and at the box-office. It was a classic Disney princess tale wrapped in the fabric of the Polynesian culture, that felt both fresh and traditional at the same time. Pixar’s next release is poised to occupy the same space in the Fall lineup, which should bode well for their second film release in 2017. From the looks at the trailer, Coco looks to be steeped in Mexican culture and flavor, while also touching on pertinent real world issues for adults to chew on as well. Check out the official U.S. trailer:
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.
Coco opens on November 21st, 2017.