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Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

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Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (co-director)

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Lee Unkrich (original story by), Jason Katz (original story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Gonzalez ... Miguel (voice)
Gael García Bernal ... Héctor (voice)
Benjamin Bratt ... Ernesto de la Cruz (voice)
Alanna Ubach ... Mamá Imelda (voice)
Renee Victor ... Abuelita (voice) (as Renée Victor)
Jaime Camil ... Papá (voice)
Alfonso Arau ... Papá Julio (voice)
Herbert Siguenza ... Tío Oscar / Tío Felipe (voice)
Gabriel Iglesias ... Clerk (voice)
Lombardo Boyar ... Plaza Mariachi / Gustavo (voice)
Ana Ofelia Murguía Ana Ofelia Murguía ... Mamá Coco (voice)
Natalia Cordova-Buckley ... Frida Kahlo (voice)
Selene Luna Selene Luna ... Tía Rosita (voice)
Edward James Olmos ... Chicharrón (voice)
Sofía Espinosa ... Mamá (voice)
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Storyline

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Written by Disney/Pixar

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The celebration of a lifetime


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dia de los Muertos Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,802,605, 26 November 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$209,726,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$807,082,196
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The name of the heavy metal band playing in the talent show is Escápula which translated into English means shoulder blade. See more »

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When Pepita is walking towards Ernesto, her bottom left paw goes through her front left one. See more »

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Abuelita: [to any musicans; shouts] No Music!
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Remember Me (Dúo)
Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Performed by Miguel featuring Natalia Lafourcade
Produced by Steve Mostyn & Miguel
Engineered by David Davis
Natalia Lafourcade vocals recorded by Alan Saucedo
Miguel appears courtesy of Bystorm Entertainment/RCA Records
Natalia Lafourcade appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.
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A Charming Depiction of a Beautiful Spanish-Language Tradition
10 January 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

Coco tells the story of young boy named Miguel living in Mexico (Coco is his great grandmother). Miguel loves music and must keep his love a secret from his family who has forbidden music of any kind since the days of his great great grandmother. On Día de Muertos, Miguel wants to enter a contest to showcase his musical talent, but his grandmother intervenes, reiterating the family's ban on music.

In his hunt for a suitable guitar to play, Miguel finds himself in the land of dead, meeting the spirits of those who have passed on. On his adventure he meets his musical hero, much of his deceased family, and a strange man who asks for his help and quickly becomes a close friend. Along the way, Miguel helps his new friend and his friend helps him understand the true significance of Día de Muertos.

Of course, the title character (Coco) turns out to play a vital role before the movie is over. When the moment arrives, she delivers something powerful, and it's beautiful. It moved me in a very satisfying way that felt well-earned and authentic, rather than manipulative, the way many movie moments of this sort feel.

Quick sidebar: when I took Spanish in high school, my teachers would occasionally incorporate culture from Spanish-speaking countries (usually Mexico) into the lessons. In some of these lessons, I learned about Día de Muertos. Sort of. I'm not sure if the lessons were lacking or if I just wasn't paying much attention to them. Regardless, I learned more about Día de Muertos from Coco than I did in four years of high school Spanish classes.

In high school, my understanding of Día de Muertos was that it was basically a Mexican Halloween. They raised spirits from the dead and played music or something, as I understood it. It seemed silly to me. After watching Coco I realized that the tradition is anything but silly.

It's not about the dressing up or the food or the music. It's about family and remembering those that came before us. Leave it to Pixar to not only entertain me, but also educate me about a rich and wonderful tradition of another culture. Bravo!


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