Pixar has been in one of two modes these past years. On one hand, sequels like “Monsters University” and “Finding Dory” have sought to recapture the magic of their past films. On the other hand, movies like “Inside Out” have pushed boundaries, both in terms of animation and emotional content. If the first trailer for “Coco” is any indication, it looks like Pixar is in full on boundary breaking mode again.
Click beyond the jump to see the first footage for “Coco.”
“Coco” will follow 12-year old Miguel as his love of music leads him to the land of the dead to unlock his family’s past. There isn’t much story in this trailer, instead they have chosen to focus on the character of this young boy and the wonder of this magical world. The film will be directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) with a screenplay by Adrian Molina (who has screenwriting/production credits on various Pixar projects from the past decade).
This summer will see the release of “Cars 3,” which by all accounts looks to be better than “Cars 2,” but is expected to be in the lower tier of Pixar films. After missing out on a Best Animated Feature nomination with last year’s “Finding Dory,” “Coco” is the film to beat in this year’s animated race. Whether it be the reveal of the land of the dead or the fact that Miguel’s fingers were forming actual chords on his guitar, the animation is stunning, and it feels as though there will be some real emotion behind this one as well. Check out the official synopsis for “Coco” below:
“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 colorful 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.”
Are you excited for “Coco?” Is this our first lock for a Best Animated Feature nomination? Let us know in the comments below!
“Coco” is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22, 2017.