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Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. 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, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is directed by Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.
The concept of the film is based on the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead. The film was scripted by Molina and Matthew Aldrich from a story by Unkrich, Jason Katz, Aldrich and Molina. Pixar began developing the animation in 2016; Unkrich and some of the film’s crew visited Mexico for inspiration. Composer Michael Giacchino, who had worked on prior Pixar animated features, composed the score. The film’s voice cast stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos. It is the first-ever film with a nine-digit budget to feature an all-Latino cast, with a cost of $175–200 million.
Coco premiered on October 20, 2017, during the Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico. It was theatrically released in Mexico the following week, the weekend before Día de los Muertos, and became the highest-grossing film of all-time in the country. It was released in the United States on November 22, 2017, and has grossed $682 million worldwide.
The film received praise for its animation, vocal performances, musical score, songs, emotional story and respect to Mexican culture. It earned numerous accolades, was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best animated film of 2017, and received Annie Award and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film. It also won for Best Animated Feature Film and was nominated for Best Original Song (“Remember Me”) at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, as well as winning the Best Animated Feature and Best Song at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards. It also earned nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards.
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Herbert Siguenza, Gabriel Iglesias, Sofía Espinosa, Natalia Cordova-Buckley
Screenplay by: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Production Design by: Harley Jessup
Cinematography by: Matt Aspbury, Danielle Feinberg
Film Editing by: Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich
Art Direction by: Tim Evatt
Music by: Michael Giacchino
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements.
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: November 22, 2017