We're getting nearer and nearer to the premiere of Pixar's latest project 'Coco', the film that promises to steal our hearts. 'Coco' is set for UK release on 8th December, but the final trailer has already been released, and it promises to leave us with that typically Pixar nostalgia. The animation studios haven't really had much luck since 2015 and the release of 'Inside Out'; it appears as though 'Coco' is here to change that.In the trailer, we're given a taste for Mexican culture when we're taken to the colourful Land of the Dead. We're left, not only with the message that you should be proud of who you are, and where you're from, but also the film's moral, "family is forever".
Miguel, a 12 year old boy who lives with his family in Mexico finds his true passion: music. The problem however, is that music has been banned in Miguel's family for generations, and so, inspired by his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz, he learns to play the guitar in private. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel heads off to investigate an old family story, when he stumbles upon Ernesto's resting place and ends up stuck in the Land of the Dead! The clock is ticking for Miguel, for he must escape the Land of the Dead and return home before he turns into one of them!
Whilst the animated film is yet to be released, it's already received a very promising response from critics, such as a score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is championed for not only promoting diversity, but also its positive portrayal of Mexican society, the latter of which is portrayed in the cast. The actors who voice the characters in 'Coco' are all of Latin descent, including Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor and Sofía Espinosa. We don't think the film could sound better, but you can judge that for yourselves by watching the trailer. The soundtrack for the film has been composed by Oscar award winning Michael Giacchino ('Up', 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'), and he's been joined by the Mexican Sound Institute sound engineer, Camilo Lara.
Some critics have branded the film unoriginal, although others, such as The Hollywood Reporter have assured us that we'll "go loco for 'Coco'". So, whilst we might have a while to go before we can see the film ourselves, at least we're assured it will be worth the wait.