Published on November 21st, 2017 | by Genevieve Mc Bride0
I remember when I would wonder why Disney/Pixar had not made a Hispanic film. Finally when I thought they would never create a film of hispanic culture, I heard about Coco and I I could hardly contain my excitement. Though I am not of Mexican decent I was still proud that finally a culture similar to mine was being represented. It was definitely worth the wait!
The film is about a young boy Miguel whom lives in the small town of Santa Cesilia in Mexico. His dream is to one day be a great musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. He is determined to be as good as his idol one day however, his family has absolutely forbidden music. While trying to convince his family that music is what he wants and needs to do he ends up landing himself in the Land of The Dead. There he meets a drifter named Hector and with each others help they will discover the meaning of family and how important it is to keep the memories alive.
Just like on the guitar that Miguel plays, this heartfelt story will surely tug at your heartstrings. As in every Disney/Pixar film, the environments and scenery that are created to envelope audiences in vibrant colors and amazing attention to detail are outstanding. The 3D aspect was great but as per usual by no means a necessity to immerse yourself in the beautiful culture of the Mexican scenery. I was blown away by how the animators were able to make certain colors especially, on the spirit animals, look as though they were glowing like neon lights.
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to Harley Jessup the production designer for the film. He had expressed that one of the most challenging issues that arose was how to make the Land of the Dead not appear too scary for the kids. They knocked it out of the park and were able to make them appear less scary so that kids could enjoy without being scared. By rounding the edges and using different shading techniques on the skeletons they seemed to be able to accomplish that. I can 100% recommend that this film is a must see for young and old and anywhere in between. Both for the story and the amazing visuals and effects.
5 out of 5!