It’s been two years since Pixar officially announced Coco at the D23 Expo, and the studio is now dying to share the first trailer for its Dias de los Muertos feature. More vivacious than undead, Coco shows the beauty of the underworld our hero Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) stumbles into. The animation on display is nothing short of the impeccable quality the multi-Oscar winning studio lives up to, proving there is not a world Pixar cannot dream up. (I can’t promise I will not use any more deadly puns.)
Not long ago, The Book of Life, another animated movie from Reel FX Creative Studios sought to honor the Day of the Dead. The film was directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and starred Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, and Christina Applegate. Even with the all-star cast, the film raked-in just under $100 million worldwide on a $50 million budget; $50 million coming from the U.S. and $10 million from Mexico. Though not Pixar, The Book of Life had an uphill battle catering a movie based on a Mexican holiday to American audiences. Taking a new approach and casting Hispanic actors for the lead roles, will Pixar face the same speed bump or will audiences flock to the theater solely on the studio’s name alone?
While the animation and story presented here are incredible to behold, how bold would it be for the studio to make Coco first and foremost a Spanish-language film? There will obviously be a Spanish-audio track for the home entertainment release, but if you have a cast comprised of mostly Hispanic actors, who more than likely speak Spanish, and want to stay true to the roots of which this story is based off of, release Coco with a Spanish-audio track theatrically. There are animated movies from Japan, Studio Ghibli included, that come to U.S. theaters in both Japanese with English subtitles and English-dubbed versions, so why not brave new territory in delivering a movie about a Mexican tradition in Spanish?
Via Twitter, Unkrich also debuted the teaser poster for Coco, which can be seen below:
And here’s the official plot synopsis, courtesy of Pixar:
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 colorful 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.
Directed by Lee Unkrich, Coco stars Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Renée Victor, and Ana Ofelia Murguia. This film is set to release on November 22, 2017.