|Directed by||:||Lee Unkrich||Produced by||:||Darla K. Anderson||Starring||:||Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía||Production company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios||Country||:||United States||Language||:||English|
MOVIE REVIEW: Coco a dazzling extravaganza the whole family can savour
Pixar movies have long been considered the top of the animation game – from Toy Story to Up to Inside Out they’ve been delighting children and adults alike for decades.
In their latest film, Coco, the studio animators brings to life the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
The holiday celebrates family and honours those family members who have passed away by creating ofrendas (alters) featuring photos – if the spirit is featured on an ofrenda then they get a one-night pass back to the land of the living to visit their family.
Coco focuses on the story of 12-year-old Miguel whose family has been shoemakers for generations – but Miguel is ready for a change and longs to be a musician.
This choice upsets his family to no end and sets off a chain of events no one in the family could have anticipated.
Through some kind of holiday magic, Miguel finds himself on the ‘other side’ but still very much alive. His mission? To find his great-great-grandfather and receive a blessing so he can return to the land of the living before it’s too late.
With strong vocal performances from Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, Coco will steal your heart.