|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: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ strums the family heartstrings this holiday season
WASHINGTON — Are you planning to take the family to a movie this holiday season?
Look no further than Pixar’s new animated gem “Coco,” which won the box office over Thanksgiving weekend despite John Lasseter’s leave of absence due to personal “missteps.”
This review will not cover the behind-the-scenes transgressions of the company’s figurehead; rather, it will grade the movie on its own creative merits by a team of collaborating artists.
Forbidden by his family to play the guitar, 12-year-old aspiring musician Miguel Rivera sneaks off to perform at Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival. Desperate for an instrument, he swipes a famous guitar from the tomb of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, sparking a supernatural plunge into the Land of the Dead, where he must seek his dead relatives’ blessing in order to escape.