Coco is Pixar’s Hispanic reworking of the Wizard of Oz. I have not read that anywhere, but that’s what struck me. There’s no place like home or family is at the heart of the story. It is a lovely story and movie. The animation is gorgeous. The story is rich. The actors who voice the characters are excellent. I highly recommend this movie for ages 6 and up. Based on the audience I sat with, those kids sat still, stayed quiet, and enjoyed the flick. Any child younger – NO. Do not bring them. Get a babysitter – no, I do not care if you are trying for family bonding. That is rude for the rest of the audience.
So – Miguel wants to play music, but it is forbidden in his family. On the Day of the Dead celebration, the family salutes the ancestors but one man is cut out of all pictures. Miguel is sure it is Ernesto de la Cruz – the greatest musician ever. So he steals Ernesto’s guitar from the mausoleum and is suddenly sent to the afterworld in a transitory state. He must get approval from an ancestor to return and be able to pursue music. But alas there are complications. Miguel gets help from Hector who worked with Ernesto. But there’s far more to that story……spoiler alert that I will NOT divulge.
Let’s just say it’s a race against time for great –great grandmother Coco to not forget her true love. This is the key to Miguel’s future. There’s murder, there’s death, there’s humor, and there is the theme of life and family. All truly heartwarming and of course, it ends well. Root for Miguel. Enjoy the brilliant palette of animation. I really loved this movie and highly recommend it.
The Day of the Dead has a whole new meaning for me……