Coco is the latest animated adventure from Disney and Pixar! Here are some fun facts so you can catch up on everything you need to know about Pixar’s Coco.
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Disney and Pixar have done it again!
Back in 1995, Disney launched a project called “Toy Story”. It was the mid-90s! There was no hype for animated films and the technology was not as smooth as they are now. But Disney had high hopes. And now more than 20 years later, animated films have become a solid staple in the film industry. Disney and Pixar leads the pack well ahead of all others!
First let us take a quick look at some of the most well-loved Disney and Pixar films shall we?
Three times Toy Story gave us all the feels. We love how Buzz Lightyear and Woody proved the strength of friendship and love. All the toys became more than toys. They became our childhood friends and gave us fond memories of laughter and joy. Characters like Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Etch became more than figures on a screen. Up to now Toy Story is a brand that is known all over the world. The show has produced video games, merchandise, and toys. Everyone knows and loves Toy Story! It is the animated film that started it all!
Finding Nemo / Finding Dory
What is better than starting an animated film franchise? Following it up! Disney and Pixar followed up the success of Toy Story with another amazing film that we now all know and love as Finding Nemo! The little clown fish that traveled the ocean is now a massive star! Disney followed this up with a much beloved tale of Finding Dory. Stories like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory tell us that you need to be a little lost to be found.
Cars / Planes
Lightning McQueen! The little red car made his way on the tracks and into our hearts! Cars is an amazing addition to the Disney and Pixar collection. All the boys wanted a bright red car and all the parents would buy them one! The film also received great reviews. McQueen raced into the merchandise business and he started to become logos on t-shirts, bags, caps, and all kinds of apparel!
The Incredibles rode the superhero wave to success! The film borrowed elements from comic book characters such as the Fantastic Four and Superman, but stayed true to their own iconic characters! The Incredible family was a laugh to watch and very action packed. Stay tuned for the second episode of this highly successful animated film when Incredibles 2 comes out this year!
But Now It’s Time for Coco
Disney and Pixar adds another great story to their ranks with Coco! They love going to new and exciting places for their viewers to discover. We explore new cultures and personalities with their tales. This time we are going Mexico and take a trip to the Land of the Dead! Get to know these fun facts about the latest from Disney and Pixar in Coco!
Coco Fun Facts
Dia De Los Muertos
The three-day celebration of the “Day of the Dead” starts from October 31 to November 2. People flock the streets during this celebration. The Mexican people bring out beautiful Marigolds, sumptuous bread, and lots of cardboard skeletons to celebrate the remembrance of family and friends who have passed away. This celebration is at the heart of Coco. And family is at the core of all the values that you will see there.
Candles and Marigolds
Can you see all the flowers in the show? Did you know that candles are symbolic? Candles show us that they could light the way for our ancestors to come see us. Pick a Marigold and look at its beauty. It is not only nice to look at, but it helps connect loved ones to their existing family. Altars at home are connected to the cemetery by rows and rows of Marigolds. Give a candle to a family member to show the light of the way home.
They Actually Know Guitar Chords
Look closely at how their fingers move over the fret of the guitars. Can you see how the fingers rise and fall? Yep! They are playing actual guitar chords in the film! This is a great treat for guitar enthusiasts and musicians all over. This move keeps things real and authentic when we watch the movie.
Dante the Dog is a Xoloitzcuintli, Mexico’s National Dog
The cool guys over at Pixar invited several Xolo dogs into their office! The animators deeply learned about how these dogs act around different situations. Artists also did their best to capture the natural look and movements of the beloved National Dog of Mexico. This is how we came to know and love the wonderful dog Dante that will appear in the film!
The Designers Created over 500 Pieces of Individual Designs for Clothing
Pixar does things right. They created hundreds of sketches and designs to get the look as correctly as possible. The artists created a lot dresses and skirts and shirts and gowns. The characters were given new looks and new life as the designs were all studied and then hand-drawn. Each of the characters located in the town and the City of the Dead had very symbolic and individual looks.
The Director of Coco Speaks Up
Lee Unkrich talks about the making of Coco. And says many things about trying his best to stay true to the Mexican and Latino Community. He says this in a recent interview with Business Insider:
Learning About the Day of the Dead
“It wasn’t until I started to learn about the tradition, and what it was truly all about, and its history, that I started to really see the potential of telling a story that could be very adventurous and visually dazzling, full of music and color, but could also have a real emotional resonance,” Unkrich told Business Insider. “And that’s what we’re all really looking for ultimately in the stories that we tell. We don’t want to just tell a story that’s gimmicky and clever….Many of us have lost loved ones and have spent time thinking about them and wanting to keep their memories alive, so we felt even though this was a culturally specific setting for our story that it was going to be full of ideas that people all over the world could relate to,” Unkrich said.
Getting As Authentic As Possible
“We ended up bringing in periodically big groups of all sorts of folks from the Latino community, from artists to writers to political figures to media executives, because we wanted to get a lot of different perspectives,” Unkrich said. “What we quickly learned is there is no one right way to tell a story set in the Latino community, there are a lot of different opinions. Part of our challenge was trying to navigate all those different opinions to figure out our path forward.”
Stories for Change
“I think a lot of great change in history has come from stories and storytelling, there’s a power to it,” he said. “The one thing that everyone knows for sure these days is that we’re living in super unpredictable times. All I can really say is that I firmly believe that by bringing this movie out we’re trying to be part of the solution rather than trying to be part of the problem.”
A Film for the Family
Coco looks to be another promising hit. The animation is smooth and the colors are bright and visually stunning. Kids will absolutely love the characters in the film. Have you seen the trailer yet? We are sure to have many doses of quirky comedy all throughout the show. But Disney also knows how to expertly pull at your heartstrings. Laughs always go with tears when it comes to Disney and Pixar pairings.
Family is at the heart of Coco. A young boy’s search for his ancestor leads him to a magical city that will ultimately lead to a discovery about himself and others around him. This is a classic hero’s tale. Many kids around the world will be able to relate with this theme. Parents would just love to bring their children here! Family and adventure are always a great combination for a weekend at the movies. Plan a trip to the mall. Have an enjoyable lunch at your favorite restaurant or fast-food chain. Then grab tickets for the cinemas and bring the entire family to watch Coco!
More Disney is Coming
Disney is not done with films just yet! Check out this release for their next slate of films starting this year all the way to 2019!
Do not forget that Marvel is also part of Disney now. That means that every Marvel movie set to release in the future is part of the plan! We just had Thor: Ragnarok. It was a great and fun movie. Black Panther is up next and we are poised to see T’Challa in his own kingdom of Wakanda. The entire planet is waiting anxiously for Avengers: Infinity War. This is the first culmination of all the Marvel films to date! We can also see that Ant-Man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel, and the second Infinity War is on the map.
Classic Disney Reborn
Have you seen the latest live-action Beauty and the Beast? It was all sorts of grand. The reception to renewing the classic was great. This paved the way for the other classic titles to get their make-over! The Lion King, Mulan, and Mary Poppins are making a modern-day return very soon! The cast for Lion King has just been released, and we are very excited!
The Force is Strong With this One
Are you a Star Wars fan? Star Wars is also part of the Disney Family! Watch out for The Last Jedi coming out also this month. A Han Solo film is also going out along with the last episode in the new trilogy with Episode IX! New stories in the galaxies far, far away!
Going to the Movies is Always a Good Idea
There is always time for a movie or two. Netflix and other streaming apps are rising in popularity and use. People are watching shows at home more and more. Netflix and chill is the popular quote. But watching on your tab or PC means that you are almost always watching alone. There is a different and warmer kind of enjoyment when you share a scene with others! You can share laughs when a comic moment comes. Why nothuddle together in fear when a killer or a ghost is coming? Celebrate as one when the hero wins in the end or when the world is finally saved. It is always more fun when there are more people there! The more the merrier!
There is always a movie out there for you to enjoy. Chick-flicks and Rom-Coms are always present for BFFs and girlfriends. An abundant supply of handsome Ryan Goslings or Zac Efrons are always ready. Guys and pals will always enjoy a good classic action film with car-chases, explosions, and marauding aliens. Those who die for horrors and thrillers will never be disappointed with the array of scares and monsters to choose from. Whatever your fancy, there is a movie for you!
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