Of the four films Pixar has currently announced on its slate, only one is an original – “Coco”. Set to open next Thanksgiving, Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) helms the story set around the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos.
Today EW has posted a concept art, a poster and new story details about the project which was first announced a full four years ago. Benjamin Bratt and Gael Garcia Bernal lend their voices to the film which the mag offers a detailed synopsis for:
“Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), 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-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s 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.”
Despite the music theme, “Coco” is not a musical. The film does boast an all-Latino cast, not unlike what Disney Animation did with “Moana” with its all Polynesian cast – the one exception being Alan Tudyk as a rooster.
“Coco” opens November 22nd 2017. Pixar also has “Cars 3,” “The Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4” on the way.