There are few dates on the cinematic calendar quite as exciting as the release of the new Disney-Pixar animation – and to celebrate the arrival of Coco, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the film’s director Lee Unkrich, and producer Darla K. Anderson.

The pair spoke with us about where this idea originally came from and what compelled them to tell this particular story. We also discuss the Mexican celebration ‘Day of the Dead’ and Anderson explains why she hopes audiences worldwide will wish to adopt their own version; to mark the passing of family members, and remember then through the art of storytelling.

They also talk about how much licence to had to be so colourful and vibrant when crafting the film’s aesthetic, and how they went about making all of the skeletons friendly to audiences of any age. We then ask who their favourite ever Pixar character is, and finally we end on a game – as Coco had to be renamed in Brazil since the title means ‘poo’ in Portuguese. So we asked them to guess the Hollywood movie off the back of their funny translated titles from around the world.

Watch the full interview below…

Synopsis

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named H├ęctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Coco is released on January 19th and you can read our 4* review of the movie here.