The full list of voice talents for Disney”¢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:
“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different. One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. “˜Coco’ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of DÃa de los Muertos””one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.”
“Our 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 they’re finding it easy to capture the heart of this story””it’s all about family, so we hope that these characters will resonate with everyone.”
Here’s the full cast of characters:
FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING
Anthony Gonzalez (“Ice Box,” TNT’s “The Last Ship”) lends his voice to MIGUEL, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his family’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 it’s too late. Ana Ofelia MurguÃa (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Bandidas”) voices Miguel’s cherished great-grandmother MAMÃ COCO. She is very old and fragile, but that doesn’t stop Miguel from sharing his daily adventures with her. RenÃ¨e Victor (“Weeds,” “The Apostle”) provides the authoritative voice of ABUELITA, Miguel’s grandmother and the ultimate enforcer of the Rivera family’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 (CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor,” “Secret Lives of Pets”) is the voice of PAPÃ, Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business. SofÃa Espinosa (“Gloria”) provides the voice of Miguel’s loving MAMÃ who gently encourages her son to embrace their family’s traditions. Luis Valdez (“Which Way Is Up,” director “La Bamba” & “Cisco Kid”) is the voice of TÃO BERTO, Miguel’s uncle, a hard worker in the Rivera family shoemaking business. Lombardo Boyar (“Happy Feet,” TNT’s “Murder in the First”) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.
FROM THE LAND OF THE DEAD
Gael GarcÃa Bernal (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) 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 (FOX’s “Star,” “Doctor Strange”) is the voice of Miguel’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 (“Blade Runner,” “Stand and Deliver”) lends his voice to CHICHARRÃ“N, a curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten””an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead. Alanna Ubach (“Meet the Fockers,” Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) provides the voice of MAMÃ IMELDA, Miguel’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 (“My Bloody Valentine,” “Celebrity Wife Swap”) voices TÃA ROSITA, Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead. Alfonso Arau (“Three Amigos,” director/producer “Like Water for Chocolate,” director “A Walk in the Clouds”) is the voice of PapÃ¡ Julio, Miguel’s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead. Herbert Siguenza (“Larry Crowne,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm”) lends his voice to both TÃO OSCAR and TÃO FELIPE, Miguel’s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead. Octavio Solis playwright “Lydia, Santos & Santos”) is the voice of an ARRIVAL AGENT in the Land of the Dead’s Grand Central Station. Gabriel Iglesias (“Planes,” “The Nut Job,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.” Cheech Marin (“Cars 3,” “Tin Cup,” CBS’ “Nash Bridges”) is the voice of a CORRECTIONS OFFICER in the Land of the Dead. Blanca Araceli (“The Bridge”) voices the EMCEE for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Despite his family’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 (“Toy Story 3″), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3″), Disney”¢Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
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