The full list of voice talents for Disneyâ€¢Pixar’s Coco has been revealed. The film, which has a strong emphasis on family ties and draws inspiration from DÃa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), will follow a young boy who dreams of becoming like his late musical idol. Director Lee Unkrich says it was important for the film to have an all-Latino cast, and searched for the talent from Mexico and from Los Angeles. So the film is an appropriate reflection of the characters in the film.
Now he’s found that perfect cast. Find out more about them and the characters they play, plus what Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina had to say about the film and a new poster, below.
Coco will follow Miguel, an aspiring musician who struggles to live with his family’s ban on music. The child has a talent for the art and dreams of becoming like his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. But when a magical musical mishap takes Miguel to the Land of the Dead, he finds himself needing a way back to his home. Along the way, he gets help from the charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Of the two worlds, Unkrich said:
â€œThese parallel worlds couldnâ€™t be more different. One is the Rivera familyâ€™s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when theyâ€™ve passed. â€˜Cocoâ€™ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of DÃa de los Muertosâ€”one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.â€
â€œOur voice cast is incredibly talented, helping to shape our eclectic group of characters. Each actor has told us they find something relatable in this film, so theyâ€™re finding it easy to capture the heart of this storyâ€”itâ€™s all about family, so we hope that these characters will resonate with everyone.â€
Here’s the full cast of characters:
FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING
Anthony Gonzalez (â€œIce Box,â€ TNTâ€™s â€œThe Last Shipâ€) lends his voice to MIGUEL, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his familyâ€™s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before itâ€™s too late.
Ana Ofelia MurguÃa (Amazonâ€™s â€œMozart in the Jungle,â€ â€œBandidasâ€) voices Miguelâ€™s cherished great-grandmother MAMÃ COCO. She is very old and fragile, but that doesnâ€™t stop Miguel from sharing his daily adventures with her.
RenÃ¨e Victor (â€œWeeds,â€ â€œThe Apostleâ€) provides the authoritative voice of ABUELITA, Miguelâ€™s grandmother and the ultimate enforcer of the Rivera familyâ€™s ban on music. She loves her family very much and will do anything to protect them. But when she gets angry, she wields a mean slipper.
Jamie Camil (CWâ€™s â€œJane the Virgin,â€ Disney Juniorâ€™s â€œElena of Avalor,â€ â€œSecret Lives of Petsâ€) is the voice of PAPÃ, Miguelâ€™s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.
SofÃa Espinosa (â€œGloriaâ€) provides the voice of Miguelâ€™s loving MAMÃ who gently encourages her son to embrace their familyâ€™s traditions.
Luis Valdez (â€œWhich Way Is Up,â€ director â€œLa Bambaâ€ & â€œCisco Kidâ€) is the voice of TÃO BERTO, Miguelâ€™s uncle, a hard worker in the Rivera family shoemaking business.
Lombardo Boyar (â€œHappy Feet,â€ TNTâ€™s â€œMurder in the Firstâ€) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.
FROM THE LAND OF THE DEAD
Gael GarcÃa Bernal (Amazonâ€™s â€œMozart in the Jungleâ€) helps bring to life HECTOR, a charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.
Benjamin Bratt (FOXâ€™s â€œStar,â€ â€œDoctor Strangeâ€) is the voice of Miguelâ€™s idol ERNESTO DE LA CRUZ, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.
Edward James Olmos (â€œBlade Runner,â€ â€œStand and Deliverâ€) lends his voice to CHICHARRÃ“N, a curmudgeonly friend of Hectorâ€™s who is sadly being forgottenâ€”an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.
Alanna Ubach (â€œMeet the Fockers,â€ Bravoâ€™s â€œGirlfriendsâ€™ Guide to Divorceâ€) provides the voice of MAMÃ IMELDA, Miguelâ€™s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets MamÃ¡ Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music.
Selene Luna (â€œMy Bloody Valentine,â€ â€œCelebrity Wife Swap”) voices TÃA ROSITA, Miguelâ€™s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.
Alfonso Arau (â€œThree Amigos,â€ director/producer â€œLike Water for Chocolate,â€ director â€œA Walk in the Cloudsâ€) is the voice of PapÃ¡ Julio, Miguelâ€™s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead.
Herbert Siguenza (â€œLarry Crowne,â€ â€œBen 10: Alien Swarmâ€) lends his voice to both TÃO OSCAR and TÃO FELIPE, Miguelâ€™s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead.
Octavio Solis playwright â€œLydia, Santos & Santosâ€) is the voice of an ARRIVAL AGENT in the Land of the Deadâ€™s Grand Central Station.
Gabriel Iglesias (â€œPlanes,â€ â€œThe Nut Job,â€ â€œThe Nut Job 2: Nutty by Natureâ€) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Deadâ€™s â€œDepartment of Family Reunions.â€
Cheech Marin (â€œCars 3,â€ â€œTin Cup,â€ CBSâ€™ â€œNash Bridgesâ€) is the voice of a CORRECTIONS OFFICER in the Land of the Dead.
Blanca Araceli (â€œThe Bridgeâ€) voices the EMCEE for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Despite his familyâ€™s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael GarcÃa Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (â€œToy Story 3â€), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist â€œMonsters Universityâ€) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (â€œToy Story 3â€), Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s â€œCocoâ€ opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
Coco hits theaters on November 22, 2017.