“I have to sing. I have to play. The music, it’s not just in me, it is me.”
Disney has released the first trailer for its new animated adventure, “Coco“. The movie is about a boy and his magic guitar that is able to take to the Land of the Dead. Oh, and it looks pretty magical.
The plot for “Coco” is as follows:
“Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel, who resides in a lively, loud Mexican village but comes from a family of shoemakers that may be the town’s only music-hating household. For generations, the Riveras have banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it; as their family history goes, Miguel’s great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of the now-thriving Rivera line and declare music dead to the family forever.
“But Miguel harbours a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favourite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.
“In the beautiful underworld, it’s not long until Miguel encounters the souls of his own family — generations’ worth of long-dead but no less vivacious Rivera ancestors, including great-grandmother Imelda. Still, given the opportunity to roam around the Land of the Dead, Miguel decides to track down De la Cruz himself. He teams up with another friendly (and skeletal) spirit — a trickster named Hector, — to find De la Cruz, earn his family’s blessing to perform, and return to the Land of the Living before time runs out.”
Directed by Mexican animator Lee Unkrich, “Coco” (previously titled “Dia de los Muertos”) is described “as an authentic love letter to one of Mexico’s most iconic celebrations” – the Día de los Muertos aka Day of the Dead, an annual Mexican holiday.
“It was important to us from day one that we had an all-Latino cast. It focused us, and we ended up with a fantastic mix of people — some from Mexico and some from Los Angeles,” the director previously told Entertainment Weekly.
Although the comparisons to 20th Century Fox’s “The Book of Life” is too close for comfort, we’re still pretty excited for another family-friendly story that draws on Mexican folk art.
Watch the full trailer below:
“Coco” is slated for release on 22nd November.