We can’t wait to see what Lee Unkrich and Darla Anderson have cooked up for with Coco, Pixar’s second film due out in 2017. Coco follows the obligatory sequel Cars 3 (which promises to take the tepid franchise into darker territory) into cinemas and because they love us, the Emeryville massive have released a short film introducing us to the world of Coco, and one of more lovable character we’ll find there.

The short, entitled “Coco – Dante’s Lunch… A Short Tail” has all of the keen-eyed detail and stunning animation we know and love. That it sets up the world so well, including an appearance from one of the less meaty characters, is testament to the love and attention Pixar heap on their projects.

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In Coco 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. The first trailer for Coco was released a few weeks ago, and we jumped on the vidcast bandwagon to give our thoughts on this beautiful new world from Pixar. Take a watch…

Unkrich spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his long journey with the film, and how it felt to get 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,”

Here’s the short, enjoy!

New Pixar Short – Coco – Dante’s Lunch… A Short Tail

And here’s the wonderful first trailer, and the full synopsis.

Coco – First Trailer

Coco Synopsis

“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.