A new Pixar movie is always something to celebrate. When it is a completely new vision from the Emeryville dream makers it’s even more special. Coco is a far cry from the stuttering engine of Pixar’s Cars trilogy (with a new installment, Cars 3, due out later this year). Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina are co-directing this tale of a young boy and his curious attachment to a guitar, and the music of an old folk hero.
Looking a little less like 2014’s The Book of Life than previously expected, this new vision looks utterly wonderful. Anthony Gonzalez voices the 12-year old Miguel, Benjamin Bratt is the voice of fabled musician Ernesto de la Cruz. Gael Garcia Bernal and Renée Victor are also among the voice cast.
Unkrich had spoken to Entertainment Weekly about his journey with the film, and how it was the day Disney’s big cheese gave him the green light.
“The day John Lasseter gave the thumbs up for this movie, I immediately felt this huge weight drop onto my shoulders because I knew that we were doing something different than we had ever made at the studio and that for the first time, we were going to have this enormous responsibility to do right by this culture and not lapse into stereotype or cliché,”
Previously the team had released this single image of young Miguel playing up a storm, and now – thanks to the trailer – we know exactly where this image fits in. And also what the significance of those golden leaves are.
And now we have a first trailer, certainly something of a teaser, but by heck and crikey if this isn’t looking stunning. The big reveal shot at the end is a masterpiece of imagination and artistry. We can’t wait to see what musical hijinks Miguel and his four-legged friend get up to there.
Enough yakking, tune your six string and get ready to play along….
Coco – First Trailer
Pixar also released something of a synopsis for it.
“Coco,” sees aspiring musician Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.
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 colourful 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.