Mexico, Jun. 8 (Notimex).- The color, music, crafts, culture and values of traditional Mexican Day of the Dead will be shown to the world with “Coco”, the new Disney Pixar film that will premiere in Mexico next October, three weeks earlier than in the United States.
This is the result of seven years of work in which the filmmakers and their team visited this country on several occasions to approach the people, their customs and to take a closer look at everything that surrounds the enchanting “festival of the dead”, this with the purpose of delivering a history attached to reality in a respectful manner towards Mexican culture.
“Coco” tells the story of a child who grew up in a matriarchy, and decides to pursue his biggest dream even if it goes against the established by the family, which will take him to the colorful and fun world of the dead.
This film includes all the color of the Day of the Dead, from the traditional orange color of the tzempasúchitl flower, and the chopped paper. The film also gives life to the “Catrinas”, the famous and representative skulls, as well as the mystical alebrijes.
Co-director and writer of the film, Adrián Molina, considered that animations made over Mexico (such as “Los tres caballeros” or “Speedy González”) have not “faithfully” reflected Mexican culture as “Coco” will.
He said that his characters are inspired by real people who interact a lot with the team, designers, and historians.
It also had the guidance of citizen advisors of the Latino community to make sure the film does not fall into errors, also had the vision of Molina, a Mexican descent, as well as the Latin part of many of the collaborators in the film.
Producer Darla Anderson said that Coco “is something very different from what Pixar has done so far”, and she said fortunately this experience allowed them to share stories with real families that show their deep love and respect for their dead.
The idea of making a film about the Day of the Dead came in 2011, after finishing “Toy Story 3”, when the filmmakers agreed to start this adventure, which led them to visit the country at various times, taking their inspiration of places like Patzcuaro, in Michoacán; The city of Guanajuato, as well as Oaxaca.
Director Lee Unkrich was the one who detonated the film, after being trapped by the idea of making an offering to the dead ones to honor them and keep in touch with the loved ones, which led him to adopt this practice, as well as the whole team that already places offerings in the office.
The general director of The Walt Disney Mexico, Mauricio Sañudo, considered the expressions and statements of President Donald Trump against Mexicans, made everyone turned to see Mexico, which he called a “gift” because this country has much to offer.
“This movie is a love letter to Mexico … the whole world is going to see us through Pixar’s eyes,” he said.
The feature film, to be released on October 27 in this country, and on November 22 in the United States, will feature the voices of Gael Garcia, Anthony Gonzalez and Benjamin Bratt.