Pixar’s Dia de los Muertos-themed feature Coco was first announced back in 2012, but news about the project has been sparse and people have assumed that it has entered development limbo. Fortunately, it seems that the project has managed to climb back into the light, as there are a bunch of new details released recently.
For starters, a release date has been provided – Coco is scheduled for release on November 22, 2017. Details about cast and crew are also solidified, with directorial duties being assigned to Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina (who is also writer), while Darla K. Anderson serves as producer. More recently, Entertainment Weekly has also reported details on the cast: Benjamin Bratt and Gael Garcia Bernal will be leading the voice cast alongside Anthony Gonzalez, who will voice the 12 year old Mexican boy main character named Miguel. Character actress Renee Victor will also join the cast as Miguel’s grandmother, Abuelita.
Coco’s story revolves around the aspiring musician Miguel Rivera, who lives in a lively Mexican village but was raised in a shoemaking family that oddly enough, is the only music-hating household in the city. The Riveras believe that their family has been cursed by music due to their great great grandfather abandoning his wife in order to follow his dreams as a musical performer. The wife, Imelda, then became the matriarch of the clan and has declared music to be dead to the family forever.
In Miguel’s desire to follow his own musical dreams, he tries to emulate his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz and accidentally ends up entering the Land of the Dead, where he meets the souls of his ancestors – including great-great-grandmother Imelda. While in the Land of the Dead, Miguel resolves to track down De la Cruz himself with the aid of a trickster named Hector, and earn his family’s blessing to perform. The only problem is he has to do it fast and return to the land of the living before time runs out.