Pixar does it again with ‘Coco’
While it’s a coming-of-age movie steeped in Mexico’s rich Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition, “Coco” is universally appealing with its themes of family and remembrance.
The voice cast is terrific, playing memorable characters led by Miguel (Antonio Gonzalez—a talented discovery), an aspiring singer and guitarist who idolizes the late, legendary performer Ernesto dela Cruz (Benjamin Bratt).
On Mexico’s Day of the Dead (which will remind Filipino moviegoers of the All Saints’ Day tradition in the Philippines), Miguel gets transported to the Land of the Dead, where he meets Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), a wayward soul.
The wonderful surprise is that Gael and Benjamin sing some of the film’s songs.
Lee Unkrich said that your actual singing voice was used in most of your character’s songs in the movie.