Some new details have been revealed about Coco, the Dia de los Muertos movie being made by animation giant Pixar. The movie is one of two being released by Pixar in 2017, along with the sequel Cars 3, and the only original title of theirs planned until 2020. The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 are currently scheduled for released in 2018 and 2019.
Today the voice cast for Coco has been revealed, along with new details on the plot of the movie. Also released, is a piece of concept art. All of this information and the image can be found below.
Coco takes place in Mexico during the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and is directed by Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 and co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo. It’s co-directed by Adrian Molina.
Starring in the movie will be Benjamin Bratt (Doctor Strange, Despicable Me 2) and Gael GarcÃa Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Amores Perros). They’ll be joined by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez—who was brought in before casting began to provide a temporary reference voice for the film’s main character, a boy named Miguel Gonzalez, and was so good that the filmmakers decided to cast him—and RenÃ©e Victor, who will play his grandmother.
Here’s a lengthy description of the movie’s plot:
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-great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s great-great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of the now-thriving Rivera line and declare music dead to the family forever.
But Miguel harbors a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Bratt). 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, voiced by Bernal “” to find De la Cruz, earn his family’s blessing to perform, and return to the Land of the Living before time runs out.
All of this new info comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Head there for some quotes about the project, including why it was important for them to secure an all-Latino cast, the trickiness in bringing in Bernal, and how they found the young unknown voicing the film’s main character.
Coco will be released in theaters on June 16, 2017.