Pixar’s latest story to pull at your heartstrings does so beautifully. Miguel is a young inspiring musician who works in his family’s shoes business but his love for music is crippled by his family’s hatred of music. In an effort to prove his talent he steals a guitar from the tomb of a local legend of the Day of the Dead, which then gives him the ability to travel through the land of the dead.
He meets his ancestors who he recognizes from the tradition of putting photos up of loved ones passed on but even they don’t want to support his music since his great great grandfather left his family to follow a music career. In his quest to find his musical ancestor for their blessing he makes friends with a soul Hector, trapped in the land of the dead as no one puts his photo up to remember him on this special occasion. Miguel goes on a beautiful and exciting journey discovering how music runs deep through his roots and how important family is. Another visually stunning film from Pixar with the vibrant colors associated with the Day of the Dead reflected in all of the design. Would recommend to go see in theaters, but with the warning it will take around 45 minutes for the film to start. After what seems to be ages of trailers there is a 22 minute Frozen short film before, a cute story but still quite long for a short before a Pixar film. Featuring voices by Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and icons like Edward James Olmos, Coco is the best animation of the year and audiences around the world are flocking to this beautiful story drawing upon an important part of Mexican culture that resonates with anyone.