Coco Disney Pixar – Set in Mexico and Dia de los Muertos, Coco is one of Pixar’s best animated films for many years.
Coco revolves around a 12-year-old boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who lives in a small village in Santa Cecilia, Mexico. He dreams of becoming an idol singer like Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt).
However, because Miguel’s grandfather had left his wife and children to follow the music call, his family forbade all artistic activities for generations. At this point, they just concentrate on shoe work, and want Miguel to become the next successor.
On the day of Día de Muertos (Mexican Festival of the Dead), Miguel ventured to steal the guitar at Ernesto de la Cruz’s crypt for a performance. The event caused the boy to curse, and step into the world of the dead.
Coco Disney Pixar – A fascinating and touching compositions
Without the mission of “saving the world” like many Disney characters, Miguel’s Coco only contains the conflict between passion and family.
The prohibition of relatives makes him disgusted with the family on the other side of the world, and just want to find Ernesto de la Cruz to be idolized blessing. Miguel’s growing journey as he realizes what’s new is the most important thing for every human being.
Conflict between Miguel’s family passion in Coco is something anyone could have encountered in his life.
In fact, the first few minutes of Coco are not really attractive by the familiar motif, somewhat reminiscent of Ratatouille (2007) of the Pixar factory itself. However, since Miguel set foot on the world of the dead, the movie became more appealing due to the tempo of the movie.
If he does not want to be stuck forever, he must race against time to meet Ernesto de la Cruz before dawn and thanks for his blessing and return. Miguel also has to flee from the pursuit of great-grandmother Imelda (Alanna Ubach) by mistake to reveal the musical preferences.
Along with Miguel is Hector (Gael García Bernal), reluctant to rely on the 12-year-old boy carrying a photo to worship if not to be forgotten and dissolved. The secret of the film also comes from the duo, and helps highlight the theme of family affection.
Coco’s emotional factor is gentle, but really deep. Many people may think that family is a distraction, keeping their feet on the path of careers. But there are also people who have a simple dream of a happy family, or meet one last time.
Coco Disney Pixar – Mexican culture unique and colorful
After Moana (2016) helps viewers discover the tribes of the southern Pacific Islands, Coco (2017) continues to showcase the culture of the Mexican state. Through the Festival of the Dead, unique features of the identity and belief of the people here appear.
As on holiday, every member of the family scattered flowers to create a bridge connecting the two worlds. The dead will come back from the afterlife and reunite with their families. But those who do not have loved ones in the chapel will have to stay and spend a lunar new year.
From the moment Miguel stepped onto the other side of the bridge, the colorful dead man’s world appeared. It is a place full of light and tall buildings, beautiful. Every dead person possesses a “beast” based on his personality to lead.
In addition, the creative filmmakers turn this place is no different than the earth, with cable cars, cars, prom, nightclub. The world of the dead has a “civil servant” system with its own administrative procedures and rules. And famous painter Frida Kahlo also appeared in Coco as an interesting cameo.
More importantly, the mortal world also has a clear human divide. Ernesto de la Cruz represents the nobility, who are dedicated to society and are remembered by the people. Their home is a high-rise luxury building, associated with many luxuries, expensive.
On the opposite side, Hector is a class of people who no one remembers. They wander in the slums, calling themselves relatives. The holiday of Día de Muertos became a nightmare because they had no chance to cross the bridge. “The Last Death” becomes an obsession for Hector and his friends when no one in the world remembers them.
Coco Disney Pixar: music of Mexico
Besides the visual aspect, Coco also brings a very Mexican music atmosphere – where every citizen can be an artist. Whether they are rich or poor, music is the connection. Pictures of musicians or dancers perform together on the street as they appear throughout the piece.
The music is ingeniously integrated into the theme throughout through vibrant, colorful performances. The good thing is that the songs of Coco are reasonable, not as fierce as the character suddenly stood out singing without a specific purpose.
Overall, Coco is one of Pixar’s best and most touching works of recent years. By the end of the decade, they had no plans to make more of the original film, because the next two projects – The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 – are the sequels.