|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|
'Coco' movie review: Pixar's journey to the Land of the Dead full of life and color
It sure seems like a Pixar mandate that all of its films be about the preservation of memory. There’s the bittersweet nostalgia of the “Toy Story” films, Dory’s struggle with short-term memory loss and its effect on her identity in “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” and “Inside Out’s” extraordinary treatise on how the mind tints past joys blue.
However, “Up” is the most relevant reference to make now, because its story, in which a grieving widower tries to do right by the memory of his wife, deals explicitly with death. “Coco,” the new Pixar wonder, is a loose variation on that theme. Set during Mexico’s annual Dia de los Muertos holiday, it illustrates in great detail how families celebrate and honor – and remember – their dead loved ones. And like the holiday, the film is not at all mournful, but joyous.