Fair to say that the mere mention of the name Pixar is probably gonna be enough to make more than a few of you well up.
The legendary animation studio has as solid a handle on emotionally wonderful (if not fraught) storytelling as anyone else in the history of film. Save or a few missteps (largely named ‘Cars‘), the studio’s output has not only been financially wildly successful, but has attracted almost universal critical acclaim.
So when they release a new trailer for a film, it’s generally a pretty big deal.
The studio is gearing up to release ‘Coco‘ later this year, which among other reasons is unique for its 100% Latino voice cast.
The film is inspired by Mexico‘s traditional Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead festival, and the associated and widely known colourful skull iconography.
‘Coco‘ follows the story of 12-year-old Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician, despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. Miguel finds himself transported to the bright and mythical Land of the Dead where he encounters deceased relatives living in the afterlife. With the help of a a charming trickster Hector and a faithful companion dog, Manuel unlocks the secrets of his family as he tries to cross back over to the land of the living.
If that alone isn’t enough to sell you, the seriously stacked voice cast sports names like Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos, Sofia Espinosa, and Cheech Marin.
Lee Unkrich, a long-time Pixar creative force and the man behind just about every great Pixar film from ‘Toy Story 2‘-onwards, is directing the film, from a script by fellow longtime-Pixar bloke Adrian Molina.
‘Coco‘ is set for release on December 26th.
Get the tissues ready.