Coco, which was named Best Animated Feature at the Critics’ Choice Awards, hits Blu-ray and DVD February 27. To date, the flick has made over $626 million worldwide and holds the distinction of being the highest grossing film in Mexico.
Along with spotlighting Día de los Muertos and having an engaging, family centric storyline, the picture also contains the memorable tune “Remember Me” (from Frozen team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez).
The Blu-ray version comes with a plethora of featurettes, deleetd scenes with introductions from director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina, as well as audio commentary from the filmmakers and producer Darla K. Anderson. The DVD version contains the filmmaker commentary and the featurette “Dante.”
In the animated flick Coco, Benjamin Bratt plays Ernesto de la Cruz, a famed Mexican singer who has since passed away. That fact doesn’t stop a young boy named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) from visiting him in the Land of the Dead.
Taking part in this Pixar project was a sublime experience for Bratt. “When I first took a tour of Pixar I was led into a room that was filled from top to bottom with images of the characters and art from Coco,” said Bratt. “I was surprisingly and deeply moved by what I saw because it was the first time in my life in this context, a cinematic context, that I was going to see images of people that I know. My grandmother. My mother. My aunts and uncles. My cousins. My own children. It was quite obvious that whomever put this room together did so with a great deal of attention to detail and love.”
Bratt talk about why he’s been a lifelong fan of Pixar’s work:
The animated film Coco centers on Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a youth who dreams of becoming a celebrated musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Through a mysterious series of events, Miguel travels through the Land of the Dead where he meets a trickster named Héctor (Gael Garcia Bernal) who helps him uncover Miguel’s family history.
“There’s nothing like the communal, collective aspect of watching a movie,” said Bernal about the film which celebrates Dia de los Muertos. “I cannot stress enough the importance of that and especially when we are seeing something about traditions of humanity. This is a tradition that is not exclusive to Mexico. In a way it is the color, it is the tone, it is the music of Mexico, but it is something completely universal. I think it is important to see it with a full audience to hear the laughs the sobbings.”
Click on the media bar to hear Bernal talk about what makes Coco a special viewing experience:
The Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead is front and center with the upcoming Pixar feature Coco. This isn’t the first animated film to spotlight Dia De Los Muertos (as evidenced by 2014’s The Book of Life), but the just released trailer suggests an entirely different movie.
Although his family has a generations old ban on music, Miguel (voiced buy newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) wants to be a musician just like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Doing whatever it takes to achieve his dream, Miguel journeys to the land of the dead. Along with a new friend named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), Miguel gradually unlocks the reals story why his family has banned music from their households.
The amusing trailer features a literally jaw dropping ending as Miguel surprises a skeletal border officer. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Coco, written and directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, opens November 22.
Now playing in select theaters, Desierto centers on a vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who, along with his dog, hunts down and kills men and women who are trying to cross the U.S. Mexican border.
Inspired by such films as A Man Escaped, Runaway Train, and Duel, Jonás Cuarón directs a nail biting thriller which absolutely works as a visceral experience. The project, however, also carries a deeper theme about migration.
“What we wanted to highlight perhaps is the ridiculousness of it all,” said Bernal. “How did we get there? How did we get to this place? And to open up a new discussion that actually talks about and understands migration as a phenomenon. It needs to exist for humans to exist on Earth. Instead of criminalizing it, we should talk about regulating it . . . we are just criminalizing the wrong people all the time.”
Click on the media bar and listen to Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan talk about the cinematic challenges and joy behind shooting Desierto: