Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.
As soon as “Coco” was announced, it’s been compared with 2014’s “The Book of Life” that was originally optioned by Dreamworks in 2007. However, Pixar has made sure their film does have differences. While “The Book of Life” focused on a love triangle, “Coco” protagonist is much younger and continues Pixar’s tradition of eschewing love interests with one or two exceptions. Pixar also continues to strive for realism in its film while “The Book of Life”‘s art direction was inspired by Mexican folk art. “The Book of Life” was created, written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua. The husband and wife team were both born and raised in Mexico. “Coco” was created by Lee Unkrich who was born and raised in Ohio without any ties to Mexico. After Disney briefly attempted to copyright “Día de los Muertos” for “Coco” and was met with strong feelings including a petition signed by more than 21,000 about not doing that, Disney dropped that attempt and put a cultural consultant group for “Coco”. However, they also gave writing duties for the film to Adrian Molina of Mexican descent and he became so involved that he’s now co-director on the film. Music for the film was recorded in Mexico and the main cast is all Latino whereas the main cast for “The Book of Life” included Channing Tatum and Christina Applegate.
Coco will be released November 22, 2017 in the United States.