Earlier today, we got our first glimpse into Pixar’s big Thanksgiving release, Coco, opening November 22, 2017 with this brand new teaser:
Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.
Despite his family’s generation-old ban on music, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (Gael García Bernal) and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history
I know exactly what you’re thinking and trust me, when I first watched this, the first thing that came to mind was The Book Of Life. A lot of this is reminding me so much of that movie and I really liked The Book Of Life.
Watching this, it’s important to remember that this was being developed as far back as 2010, back when director Lee Unkrich was doing Toy Story 3. In fact, in Toy Story 3, there’s easter eggs hinting at this movie.
As far as the teaser itself goes, it does a good job of giving you a hint of what the story is, which again a little too Book Of Life-ish with notable changes to try to give it its’ own story. The kid himself looks like he could be a very likeable character. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first Disney movie with a Hispanic lead in it, again, don’t quote me on this but that’s surprising that it took that long to have that be the cast, I also get the feeling that dog is going to be the center comic relief…unless they pull the rug out of him like they did with Pascal and Pua in Tangeld & Moana.
The visual look of the film is impressive, again, taking a lot from Book Of Life but making it more in a Pixar fashion, the city landscapes look incredible, the scene where the kid goes into the world of the deceased looks impressive.
I mean, this one could go either way, Coco could end up being another Pixar classic or it could end up being a visually impressive but overall disappointment like Brave or The Good Dinosaur. Overall, I’m excited but I’m going to keep my expectations lowered because of those Book Of Life comparisons.
Which actually makes me wonder, what does Book Of Life director Jorge Guiterrez have to say about the constant comparisons to Book Of Life and this…
Congrats @leeunkrich and Coco team, looking forward to seeing the film!
— Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) March 15, 2017
Oh….he’s cool with it…..well, I’m sure, that Lee Unkrich, the director had his thoughts on this too…
Folks. @mexopolis and I are friends. We have enormous respect for each other. There should be MORE stories set in this beautiful culture!
— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) March 15, 2017
Well…see, people, there’s no conflicts here….still want this movie to be good though.
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