The debut trailer for Disney Pixar’s latest film Coco has just been released. And the movie, which features an all-Latino voice cast and tells the tale of a young guitar player’s musical journey into the Land of the Dead, looks to be as lush and magical as the company’s best-known films.
Coco follows the story of Miguel, a young boy who’s completely enamored with guitar playing, specifically the stylings of deceased actor/musician Ernesto De La Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt). His family is not keen on guitar playing, so Miguel goes to play at Cruz’s monument. Strumming a few strings transports the boy to the Land of the Dead, which looks as dazzling some of Pixar’s best scenic moments.
It’ll be interesting how accurate Mexican culture is portrayed in the film. As reported by iO9, Mexican-American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was hired by Pixar as a consultant. That’s interesting since Alcaraz has been a tough and vocal critic of Disney especially after they tried to trademark Day of the Dead. The film’s director, Lee Unkrich, who also directed Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 2 & 3, has called the film a “love letter to Mexico.” The combination of both should yield some pretty great results.
Pixar’s track record is, with a few exceptions, pretty flawless (ahem, Cars 2). And Coco looks to be no exception. Just be wary: this is Pixar, after all, so there’s bound to be some sort of emotional gut-punch that’ll make grownups weep into their popcorn.
Coco will be in theaters on November 22.