Pixar’s new Animated extravaganza, Coco, is out this Wednesday. The Oscar contender (and favorite to win the animated category) features the voices of Gael García Bernal and Anthony Gonzalez.
In Coco, Miguel’s dreams suffer from decades of family ban on music. But the aspiring musician finds himself locked in the Land of the dead where he meets a gallery of colorful characters. Miguel tries to unveil the secrets of his family history.
Directors Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina and their team deliver, as always with Pixar, a vivid fast pace episode, this time with Mexican flavor. The music by Oscar winner Michael Giacchino (Up, Ratatouille), provides the sonic answer to the action and colors on screen, with rhythms and a rich orchestral structure that could earn him a third Oscar nomination.
It is overall, interesting to note Coco probably comes at the right time. A time of social political tension between US and Mexico. From that perspective, the celebration of Mexican culture, with Americans hiring numerous talents of Mexican background, seems appropriate and respectful. Being no specialist on the subject, I’ll wait for general opinion by Mexican friends. But the general feeling is good.
Coco should provide a successful family viewing.