This week Disney/Pixar released the trailer for COCO, which will hit theaters in November.
The trailer looks gorgeous and we are hoping that the addition of Lalo Alcaraz to the film’s creative staff had something to do with it.
Because we know that Lalo was right in slamming Disney for trademarking the Day of the Dead, and if his speaking out led to a better understanding of it all, then maybe, just maybe, COCO will surprise us all.
After endless months of tidbits and artwork, of casting coups and controversies, we finally have our first look at Disney-Pixar’s upcoming Día de Muertos film, Coco. Keeping its plot close to the vest, the recently released teaser trailer does introduce us to Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), a young wide-eyed boy who has his own tucked-away shrine devoted to his musical idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). With his trusty guitar, a striking mustache, and a dashing white mariachi suit to match, de la Cruz is everything Miguel aspires to be — we even see him practicing along with old VHS tapes (remember those?) of de la Cruz’s greatest on-screen moments. “I have to sing, I have to play,” we hear him say in a grainy old TV. “The music is not just in me. It is me,” a sentiment Miguel takes to heart.
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While the more visually stunning sequences are clearly being saved for future trailers — we only see a glimpse of the fantasy Día de Muertos-type world Miguel stumbles on — you can already see what might make Coco another smash hit for Pixar. For starters, Miguel’s tongue-wagging canine companion (a hairless Xoloitzcuintli called Dante) which features prominently in the film’s teaser poster, looks likely to become a fan favorite. Plus, getting the chance to hear Bratt sing some tunes in a film that also features Gael García Bernal (as a trickster called Hector, conspicuously absent from the teaser), should have you excited about what director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and co-director Adrian Molina have cooked up. But enough talk, catch the full teaser below.