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The orange flower seen throughout the film is the Aztec marigold (known also as the Mexican marigold or the Cempasúchil). The flower is used in the tradition of Dia de Muertos in México to guide the deceased to the living.
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The film contains certain themes and content which would ordinarily be banned in China. Reportedly, the Chinese censor board members were so touched by the film that they made an exception and allowed it.
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The look of the Land of the Dead is inspired by the Mexican city of Guanajuato, which has colorful houses placed on the hillsides in such a way that they look almost stacked.
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Miguel was originally only going to play guitar, and not sing. When the director, Lee Unkrich, discovered Anthony Gonzalez was in fact a talented singer, it was decided Miguel would do both so Anthony could share this talent in the film.
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This film opened in Mexico three and a half weeks before it opened in the U.S., where it surpassed The Avengers (2012) as the country's highest grossing film.
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In the movie the spirit of Frida Kahlo identifies Dante as a Xolo (Xoloitzcuintli dog), which is a nice tribute to the real Frida. During the mid-20th century the Xolo breed began to decline in popularity. Frida and her husband, Diego Rivera, helped to save the breed by including the Xolo dog as part of their art. Thanks to Frida and Diego, the breed became known again to the world.
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In active production between 2011 and 2017, it set the record for being the Pixar animated film with the longest production schedule.
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An example of Pixar-level detail: when a guitar is played, the cartoon character's fingers match the fingering of the actual chords.
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Spent more days #1 at the box office than any other animated film in the 21st century.
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The Land of the Dead is shown to use a lot of antiquated technology -- for example, an 80s MacIntosh computer and walkie-talkie radios. This is fitting, as that technology is obsolete and so in a sense dead.
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In Brazil, the title name was changed to "Viva", for the original title "Coco" could easily be mistaken by the Portuguese word "cocô", which translates to "poop". But the word "coco" without the accent in the letter O, means the fruit of the palm tree of which coconut water is extracted
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The orchestra conductor for Ernesto de la Cruz's musical show "Sunrise Spectacular" is a caricature of the film's composer Michael Giacchino.
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The filmmakers and animators traveled to Mexico five times to research about the culture, people, food, traditions, etc. to help define the story and characters of Coco (2017). Among their journeys, they visited Mexico City and Oaxaca. Director Lee Unkrich said of the experience, "I'd seen it portrayed in folk art. It was something about the juxtaposition of skeletons with bright, festive colors that captured my imagination. It has led me down a winding path of discovery. And the more I learn about Día de Muertos, the more it affects me deeply."
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The Santa Cecilia graveyard is named after Saint Cecilia, the Catholic patron saint of musicians.
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Among the main cast, Gael García Bernal is the only actor to voice his character in both English and Spanish versions of the movie, even though most of the actors are Latino.
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The film features a variety of animated caricatures or cameo appearances of legendary Mexican celebrities, paying homage to them. Among the many deceased Mexican celebrities who are featured in the film include: Santo, a wrestler; movie actor Cantinflas; actors and singers Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete; painter Frida Kahlo; Emiliano Zapata, one of the revolutionary leaders during the Mexican Revolution; and actress María Félix. Director Lee Unkrich has stated that besides these celebrities, there are more hidden in the film.
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Grossed over $150 million worldwide in just 5 days.
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Miguel's grandmother and great-great-grandmother both frequently take off a shoe and hit people with it to ensure their cooperation. In Latin culture this kind of shoe is known as "Chancla."
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Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina had said that the most difficult element to animate was Abuelita's neck. In order to have a reference for the neck Molina asked his mother-in-law, who lives in Mexico City, to travel to PIXAR, where he and Unkrich tried to make her angry to see how her neck moved, this was difficult because Molina's mother-in-law is, according to him, "a woman hard to get angry". After some hours they successfully made her mad.
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John Ratzenberger, long considered Pixar's good-luck charm, continues his streak of appearing in every one of the studio's feature films. In Coco (2017), he plays a ghost called Juan Ortodoncia. He is the skeleton who is allowed to cross over to the land of the living because his dentist remembers him.
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The film had been in production for several years, and a different young actor voiced Miguel (then known as Marco). Eventually that kid hit puberty, so he had to be replaced by Anthony Gonzalez. But the original voice actor did have a cameo in the film, similar to Nemo's original voice actor reappearing in Finding Dory (2016). Late in the film, a stagehand (with a high voice) tells Ernesto to go through the door to the stage. That is the original voice actor.
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There are real studies showing how music can help dementia and Alzheimer patients to remember certain episodes of their lives.
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Disney normally does both a Mexican and a Spanish (Spain) dub for its films (think of it as making dubs for American and British English speakers). For this film, there was no Spanish dub, only a Mexican one.
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The door to the office in The Land of the Dead is labelled with the famous Pixar Easter Egg 'A113' , named after the California Institute of Arts classroom where many Disney and Pixar artists studied.
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Southwest Airlines promoted Coco (2017) by having one of their Boeing airplanes decorated with artwork from the film.
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Miguel's last name, Rivera, is a reference to film producer Jonas Rivera, who has worked with Pixar Animation Studios since 1994 and produced two of their films: Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015).
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The opening number Frida Kahlo stages for Ernesto's show with multiple Fridas crawling out of a papaya is an allusion to two of her paintings: "Still Life, Round" features a papaya in the centre while in "Last Supper", multiple self portraits of Frida are positioned around the table.
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When Miguel and Héctor arrive in Ernesto de la Cruz Plaza there is a scene of people celebrating and lighting fireworks; at that moment, on the right side of the screen there is a poster for Pixar's Incredibles 2 (2018).
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The character of Ernesto de la Cruz is based on the Mexican icon Pedro Infante (in fact, the second last name of Infante was "Cruz"). In addition, Ernesto's last name, de la Cruz, is also a reference to another Pixar character, Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3 (2017). In addition to that, a cartoon of Pedro Infante appears in the film and even interacts with De la Cruz.
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Grossed more money worldwide in 19 days than Pixar's previous film Cars 3 (2017) earned in five and a half months.
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In Brazil, because of the title change (from "Coco" to "Viva"), Miguel's great-grandmother also got a new name: Mamá Coco became Mamá Inês
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Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez contributed one song for Coco (2017), the film's signature song "Remember Me". This marked the first time the husband-and-wife songwriting team composed music for a Pixar animated film. Ironically, they could not get involved with the Frozen short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) due to scheduling conflicts with Coco.
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From all of its animation branches (Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios), Coco is Disney's last original full-length animated feature film of the 2010s, as their next animated films for the remainder of the decade (Incredibles 2 (2018), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Toy Story 4 (2019), and Frozen 2 (2019)) are all sequels.
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Lee Unkrich considered hiring a Mexican composer, but he hired Michael Giacchino, who has worked previously in other Pixar films. They worked with Mexican musicians for the score.
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The film was originally titled "Día de los Muertos" for the Mexican holiday (NOTE: In Spanish, the holiday is properly called Día de Muertos). During the film's production, in 2015, the Walt Disney Company made a request to trademark the phrase "Día de los Muertos" for various merchandising applications. This was met with significant criticism from many people in the United States, particularly the Mexican American community, who derided the company for cultural appropriation and exploitation. A week later, Disney canceled these efforts, and changed the film's title to "Coco". Some time later, Pixar Animation Studios hired Mexican American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, playwright Octavio Solis, and former CEO of the Mexican Heritage Corp. Marcela Davison Aviles, as technical consultants for the film, and asked them to take voice-over roles in the film. Alvarez is the creator of the comic strip "La Cucaracha," and his signature on the strip, a caricature of himself over the name "LALO," can be seen as a graffito on a wall in the City of the Dead.
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STUDIO TRADEMARK: The Pizza Planet truck, which has appeared in every Pixar movie, can be seen driving past the Rivera Shoe Shop while Elena (Miguel's grandmother) explains the "No Music" rule to Miguel.
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Since Ernesto De La Cruz had such a large impact on Miguel, he named the stray dog "Dante" after a horse in one of De La Cruz's movies. This movie can be seen and heard projected at De La Cruz's house party.
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Miguel learns how to play the guitar from watching Ernesto de la Cruz's old movies on video. According to the film's co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, this is based on Molina's own childhood in the 1990s, when he recorded old and new episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC, CBS, and The Disney Channel, and yearned for a better life as a result.
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When originally released, the film featured the short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) before the film, which runs 22 minutes long. Many moviegoers thought they had wandered into the wrong film. Beginning December 7, 2017, Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) was withdrawn from theatrical release, and no short film was substituted in its place.
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John Ratzenberger's role as Juan Ortodoncia is the shortest part he's ever played out of all of the Pixar films. His character is given only one word of dialogue: "gracias".
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Lee Unkrich said that the Land of the Dead is an homage to Guanajuato City, a colorful city located in the center of México.
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Coco (2017) is Walt Disney Pictures' first production to be accompanied by a half-hour featurette since The Rescuers Down Under (1990) 27 years prior, which was accompanied by the Mickey Mouse short film The Prince and the Pauper (1990).
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"Coco" in Spanish is a hypocorism for "Socorro" an actual common name for women, originated from "Virgen del Socorro" (Virgin of Relief).
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Miguel shows a certain pride in the fact that when he smiles, there appears a dimple near the left corner of his mouth, but not the right. Anthony Gonzalez, who voices the role, has a similar trait.
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On December 5, 2017, it got enough votes to take the number 45 spot in IMDb's Top 250, surpassing WALL-E (2008) as the highest rated computer animated movie.
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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.
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Dante's tongue that usually sticks itself out was animated using the same technology used for Hank the Septopus in Finding Dory (2016) and the titular character from the Pixar Short Lou (2017).
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Pixar's 2nd film to focus mostly on cast members with a specific ethnicity, in the case of this film being Mexican. The first one was Brave (2012), which focused mostly on actors with a Scottish background.
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A different opening was partially animated that focused solely on Ernesto's final performance which was for Dia de los Muertos but was cut due to it introducing Miguel later than the producers wanted.
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When Miguel is running to the plaza to shine shoes he passes some piñatas for sale. They include Woody and Buzz from Toy Story and Mike from Monsters, Inc.
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Miguel Rivera is the second youngest protagonist to be featured in a Pixar animated film; the youngest being Arlo from The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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Pixar Animation Studios' 19th full-length animated feature film.
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The counter when Hector goes through the gate reads 1138 - a number that comes up many times in the Star Wars universe and George Lucas's movie THX1138.
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The paper designs seen hanging in the outdoor scenes are called Papel picado (perforated or pecked paper) a decorative craft considered a Mexican folk art.
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As Miguel and Hector stroll through the Land of the Dead, an Incredibles Logo can be seen in the background, teasing the film's sequel/Pixar's next film. This can be seen immediately after the rocket fireworks are lit on one persons back, on the right side of the screen. Incredibles 2 (2018).
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There is a hidden Mickey Mouse in the camera that follows Ernesto as he's being flown up to the bell.
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Ninth Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and third Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
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As Héctor is singing a last song for Chicharrón who is slowly fading away, a sexual joke appears. He says the following "- and her.. knuckles they drag on the floor", Chicharrón goes "those aren't the words!". It is clear that the original song would've said jugs or knockers instead of knuckles, but as Miguel was there Héctor censored it.
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The first Alebrije to appear when Miguel first crosses the bridge is a large feathered serpent. This is possibly a nod to Quetzalcoatl (also known as Kukulkan or Q'uq'umatz), a prominent deity in several mesoamerican cultures. This deity had a temple built in his honor, Chichen Itza, which is one of the 8 wonders of the modern world, located in the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The step pyramid also resembles the structure that the creature lands on and that connects the marigold bridges.
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Pixar's first original film since The Good Dinosaur (2015), as their previous films of Finding Dory (2016) and Cars 3 (2017) were sequels.
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The 6th Pixar film to have the actor of its protagonist nominated for the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting, after Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Brave (2012), Monsters University (2013), and Inside Out (2015).
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For the film's theatrical release, Coco (2017) was originally accompanied by a 22-minute animated short film entitled Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) in which Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) finds a family tradition for his friends for the holiday season. Coco (2017) is the first full-length Pixar animated film to not be accompanied by a short film created and produced by Pixar Animation Studios since Toy Story (1995), which had no accompanying short film in the USA and was accompanied in the UK by a re-release of the Roger Rabbit short film Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990).
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Benjamin Bratt's 4th animated film. Previously he voiced Manny in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), and El Macho in Despicable Me 2 (2013).
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Was number one at the U.S. box-office for three straight weeks.
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Coco (2017) marks the reunion of director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson following their celebrated collaboration on the Best Picture Academy Award nominee Toy Story 3 (2010).
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The stray dog's name, Dante, is a reference to Italian 13th-century author Dante Alighieri. In his most important work, the Divine Comedy, the main character (a depiction of Dante himself) travels to Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.
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The film features Cheech Marin's first voice-over role in a Pixar animated film outside of the Cars franchise. He has also done voice-over roles for two animated feature films for Walt Disney Feature Animation: Tito the Chihuahua in Oliver & Company (1988) and Banzai the Hyena in The Lion King (1994).
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On January 7, 2018, this film won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, making it the 8th Pixar film to win this award, after Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Brave (2012), and Inside Out (2015).
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A few days after winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Darla K. Anderson left Pixar after working there for 25 years, making this the last Pixar film produced by her.
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The Luxo Jr. Ball that makes an appearance in almost every Pixar movie as homage to their very first short animation is on a table in Frida Kahlo's studio when Dante chases her monkey.
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In the tradition of "Hidden Mickeys", there are skull motifs hidden in the production design. These are most easily spotted in the leaded windows of the administrative offices and De la Cruz's mansion, but also in background shots of the city.
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When Miguel initially turns ghostly after strumming the guitar in the mausoleum, he runs into the graveyard in a panic, and the frenzied musical score that plays behind the action is the crescendo from "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles
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Pixar's 5th film with non-standard music over the Disney and Pixar Logos at the start, after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Inside Out (2015).
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The film released on the same day as Pixar's first film Toy Story (1995), 22 years prior. It's also Pixar's second film to release the same day as one of their previous films, the first being The Good Dinosaur (2015), which was released the same day A Bug's Life (1998) did 19 years prior to that.
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Dante is the second dog to play a major part in a Pixar film by accompanying the main protagonist on an adventure. The first was Dug from Up (2009).
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This is Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's 3rd Disney movie for writing songs after Frozen (2013) and Winnie the Pooh (2011). It's also their first time writing songs for a Disney movie that's made by Pixar Animation Studios and not made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
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This is Pixar's seventh film to release in November and fifth to release on Thanksgiving.
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Lee Unkrich is the fifth Pixar employee to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature twice. The first was John Lasseter, (Nominated for Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Cars (2006)) the second was Brad Bird, (Nominated for The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007), both won.) the third was Andrew Stanton, (Nominated for Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL-E (2008), both won.) and the fourth was Pete Docter. (Nominated for Monsters, Inc. (2001), Up (2009), and Inside Out (2015). Up and Inside Out both won.)
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John Ratzenberger's 19th Pixar film, after all the Pixar films he previously worked on.
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In early drafts of the script and test footage, Miguel was originally named Marco.
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There are several little music-references in the movie, mentioning popular hit songs in several lines, characters talking in song-titles, such as "The Show must go on", "nothing else matters", "I want it that way" and lots and lots of others.
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The 4th Pixar film to win 2 Oscars, after The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
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Although Pixar Animation Studios is known for distinguishing itself from Walt Disney Animation Studios by, among many things, not making musical films, Coco (2017) is Pixar's first music/musical film. Coco is not technically considered to be a straight-on musical, as it is more of a music/musical film in a fashion similar to films like The Blues Brothers (1980), Footloose (1984), Happy Feet (2006), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Pitch Perfect (2012), Sing (2016), Rio (2011), and Walk the Line (2005) rather than a straight-on musical film (e.g. Beauty and the Beast (1991), Chicago (2002), La La Land (2016), The King and I (1956), Mary Poppins (1964), My Fair Lady (1964), Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Sound of Music (1965), West Side Story (1961), and The Wizard of Oz (1939)).
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Lee Unkrich's first PG-rated film; the other films that he directed and co-directed previously were all rated G.
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In just 3 weeks, it grossed over $400 million worldwide, then over $500 million after 36 days, then over $600 million after 53 days, and then more than $700 million worldwide.
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This is Jaime Camil's second animated film, the first being The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
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The tower at De La Cruz's party is based upon Coit Tower. The illumination is reversed though, in the film the observation windows are lit, in the real tower the lower and upper arches are lit at night.
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According to his voice actor Gael García Bernal, Héctor's birthday is on November 30.
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As in most Pixar films the number "A113" (referencing the classroom at Cal. Arts where most animators have studied) appears on the door to the Customs office in the Land of The Dead.
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This is the second time two Pixar movies were released in the same year. This and Cars 3 (2017) were both released in 2017. The first time was 2015, which saw the releases of Inside Out (2015) and The Good Dinosaur (2015). In both years, one film had a box office score higher than the other. In 2015, the Summer release (Inside Out (2015)) had the highest score while in 2017, the Fall release (Coco (2017)) has the highest score.
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The official teaser trailer was released on December 6, 2016.
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The 6th Pixar film to win the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting, after Toy Story 2 (1999), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Inside Out (2015).
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Cheech Marin's 4th Pixar film after the Cars trilogy.
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The character "The General" fades away, possibly referring to the quote by General Douglas MacArthur, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
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The 3rd Pixar film to win Best Original Song, after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
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The first Pixar film where John Ratzenberger's character only says one word. In that case, John's character, Juan Ortodoncia only says "Gracias".
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After Ernesto's party, three green puppy alebrijes can be seen scrambling across the floor hunting for food, remeniscient of Merida's triplet brothers Harris, Hubert, and Hamish in Pixar's Brave (2012)
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Pixar's 5th highest grossing film, and their 5th film to gross more than $800 million worldwide, after Finding Nemo (2003), Toy Story 3 (2010), Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
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The fifth Pixar film to say "The End" at the end of the movie after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007), and Finding Dory (2016).
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This is Pixar's second film released on Thanksgiving to not be directed by John Lasseter, and the first one released on Thanksgiving to have Lee Unkrich as the main director, after having been the simply the co-director of Toy Story 2 (1999).
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Film website, Collider, considers the first half-hour of the movie to be a mix of The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Back to the Future (1985).
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This film would be Disney's second depiction or reference to the Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos, sometimes referred to as "Dia de los Muertos". The Lizzie McGuire (2001) episode Lizzie McGuire: Night of the Day of the Dead (2001) featured Miranda Sanchez's parents giving Lizzie a brief explanation of the traditions.
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The tenth Pixar film to be produced in 2.35:1, after A Bug's Life (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Cars 3 (2017).
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The 6th Pixar film to get an A+ Cinemascore, after Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), and Up (2009).
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Miguel is similar to Lewis Robinson from Meet The Robinsons (2007). Both are kid protagonists of a Disney movie. Both are hoping to accomplish something (Finding his birth mother in Lewis's case, and being a musician in Miguel's case). Both characters go to a strange world with their family (Lewis going to the future, and Miguel going to the Land Of The Dead), And both characters' family name starts with R. (Robinson being Lewis's family name, and Rivera being Miguel's family name).
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The third Pixar film to feature the full 2011 Disney opening logo as a closing logo, after Finding Dory (2016) and Cars 3 (2017).
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Early in the film after Miguel meets Dante, pinatas of Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Mike Wazowski can be seen hanging from a porch.
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The final Pixar movie to be produced by Darla K. Anderson before she left Pixar in March 2018 to pursue other opportunities somewhere else.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

First Pixar film to show an on screen death of major characters, in this case when Ernesto gets crushed to death by the falling bell, and when Héctor gets poisoned and dies. All other deaths in Pixar films have been slightly off-screen, out of view or not in the scene at all.
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When Miguel plays 'Remember Me' to Mama Coco, in a desperate attempt to get her to remember her father, she joins in at almost exactly the same point she did when Hector sang it to her as a young girl, earlier in the film.
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The song that Mama Imelda and Ernesto de la Cruz sang towards the end of the film is called "La Llorona", a classic and anonymous Mexican song. One popular interpretation of the song is about a singer feeling trapped by this woman (La Llorona) who has fallen in love with him. Another interpretation is a woman's grief about drowning her children in a river. This version is an urban legend in Mexico.
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In Mexican tradition, the ofrenda is an altar that pays tribute to the dead. Within the film, it aids the deceased who can be remembered. However, there is an existing ofrenda tradition that remembers and pays tribute to the dead who have been forgotten. This tradition was left out of the film as it would have derailed the plot.
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A trumpet and a record player are visible in the bungalow where Chicharrón has his final death and Hector fetches the guitar. At the beginning of the film, a trumpet and record player are the two items (presumably belonging to Hector) thrown out by Imelda when she first bans music. Also in Hector's photo he has one dimple just like Miguel. And the guitar also has a gold tooth on the headstock, just like Hector has. These are all hints implying Hector is Miguel's real great great grandfather.
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Throughout the film we see the photo of Miguel's great great grandfather, with the face torn off. Before the true identity is revealed, there is a clue in the photo that the figure is not who Miguel thinks it is. The belt buckle seen shows two guitars crossing, implying a double act (I.e. the act of Hector and Ernesto). Whenever we see Ernesto's belt buckle in the film, it just has a flourished decoration, no guitars.
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The dog's name, Dante, is a reference to Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet and author of the 'Divine Comedy', originally called 'Comedia'. The Divine Comedy describes Dante's journey through the realm of the dead. In México, the Xoloitzcuintli (the Mexican hairless dog depicted in the film) is the guide of the deceased through his/her way to the Mictlán (the underworld, the place where all the souls go after death).
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Another hint that demonstrates Ernesto is not Miguel's great great grandfather happens right before he has security take the boy away. Twice before Ernesto tries to give Miguel his blessing, the orange petal doesn't glow, which only happens when deceased family members want to send their kin back to the living.
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Foreshadowing, the first time Miguel encounters Dante he was near a table full of dolls and a sign reads "alebrijes", later on Dante becomes one.
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Director Lee Unkrich confirmed on Twitter that Ernesto was not killed when the bell fell on top of him for the second time in the Land of the Dead, as he is already dead, technically speaking. However, it's likely Ernesto was sentenced to the "final death" that befalls Chicharron, as the film's epilogue shows that the living has indeed forgotten him after his crimes were exposed.
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Several Mayan references can be spotted through out the film. All of the marigold bridges start at the top of Mayan temples. Pepita has the appearance of a jaguar, who the Mayans considered to be rulers of the Underworld. Several skeletons at Ernesto's palace are dressed in Mayan priest or king outfits.
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In an alternate climax the final battle with Ernesto was going to happen on the bridge to and from the spirit world. In it, Miguel just had to cross it before the last petal fell in an hourglass (signaling the end of the holiday). Ernesto chased after Miguel as the bridge was falling apart to keep his dark secret from the living but is erased into nothing when the bridge does.
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Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to Charles Muntz from Up (2009). Both of these characters had been idolised by the film's protagonists, both had been accused of being a fraud (fabricating a bird skeleton in Muntz's case, stealing songs in Ernesto's case), both briefly bonded with their idol upon meeting for the first time until confessing something, both were revealed as the film's main antagonists through plot twists, and both faced their deaths at the end of the film (Muntz falling to his death, and Ernesto being crushed to death).
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The extended novelization of the movie "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" reveals that Imelda, Oscar, Felipe and Héctor all share the same surname of Rivera, as does Miguel, who happens to be Héctor's great-great grandson.

Considering that surnames get lost with families having female descendants, as seen with Soccoro (Coco) and her daughters Elena and Victoria, this means that if Miguel's surname is Rivera, then the only way for Miguel to have the surname Rivera means that the surname comes from Miguel's grandfather, Franco.

It's a common fact in Mexico that towns have popular last names making it appear like everyone who lives in there are cousins. So, while the surname 'Rivera' may not be the most popular last name in Santa Cecilia, it's still common enough to provide three different families of Rivera's that form the overall Rivera family of shoemakers seen in the movie.

This means that following Mexican tradition with the surname of the father, followed by surname of the mother, it means that Coco, Enrique, Gloria and Berto all share the surname "Rivera Rivera".
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Chicharron at one point confronts Hector about his missing femur. This is in fact true: as Coco is forgetting him and he starts to degrade further and further, Hector probably loses his own femur and replaces it with Chicharron's. This is why Hector appears to be limping all the time.
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In Mexican folklore, "Coco" refers to a ghost who comes from the land of the dead. The monster does not appear in this film, but its name is given to a character who is important to the deceased (Hector's daughter).
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Shares plot elements from previous Pixar films Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015). The former also has a lead who idolizes a character who would later be revealed as the main antagonist. With the latter, a female character starts to forget one of the characters who is starting to become non-existent.
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Although it's not confirmed, Mama Coco shows traits of Alzheimer's disease. It is possible she eventually succumbed to this at the very end of the movie.
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Also contains Spoilers for Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Up and Cars 2.

Ernesto de la Cruz is the fifth character in a Pixar animated film to be revealed as the main antagonist in a surprising plot twist. The other four Pixar films to feature such a character are Toy Story 2 (1999) with Stinky Pete the Prospector, Monsters, Inc. (2001) with Henry J. Waternoose III, Up (2009) with Charles Muntz, and Cars 2 (2011) with Sir Miles Axelrod.
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Ernesto de la Cruz is the seventh villain in a Pixar film to die, the other six were Hopper in A Bug's Life (1998), Syndrome in The Incredibles (2004), AUTO in WALL·E (2008), Charles Muntz in Up (2009), Mor'du in Brave (2012) and Thunderclap in The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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Ernesto de la Cruz's duplicity is revealed in a manner similar to the downfall of Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957), by having his words and actions broadcast to his adoring fans.
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Ernesto De la Cruz is the 3rd Villain in a Pixar Film to face his defeat by being exposed in front of a crowd of those that once supported him. The other 2 being Henry J. Waternoose III in Monsters, Inc. (2001) (which was also done through footage on screen) and Sir Miles Axelrod in Cars 2 (2011).
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One hint that Hector is Miguel's great great grandfather can be seen in the skull on the guitar. Much like Hector, the skull has a gold tooth on it's top front tooth.
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At the beginning of the movie, Miguel runs from his home to the plaza with the musicians. On his way, he plays music with some dolls that are on a table and then Dante, the street dog, appears from a garbage bin. Those doll animals are the spirit creatures in the Land of the Dead! Also at that scene, Dante shows up right next to those creature dolls, indicating that he is also a spirit creature!
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This is the second Disney film of 2017 to feature a protagonist named Hector whose relationship with his daughter plays a key role in the film's story. The first was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
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The first Spirit Animal that flies over the bridge has the head of Rex, the T-Rex dinosaur from the Toy Story films.
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This marks the 2nd time Benjamin Bratt has played a villain in an animated movie. The first was Despicable Me 2 (2013).
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Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to Gusteau from Ratatouille (2007). Both are deceased characters that the Main Character idolises (Remy to be a Cook in Gusteau case, and Miguel to be a Musician in Ernesto's case). However, Ernesto was a fraud who stole his music from Hector, unlike Gusteau who was a real cook.
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Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to El Macho from Illumination's Despicable Me 2 (2013). Both characters are voiced by Benjamin Bratt, both faked an identity (El Macho as a Mexican Restaurant Owner, Ernesto as a Famous Musician and Great Great Grandfather), both's names start with E and end with Z, and both are the film's main villain.
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Ernesto De La Cruz is similar to Chester V from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013). Both characters are idolized by the protagonist of both movies, both antagonists bond with the protagonist for a little bit after meeting each other, then later are revealed to be the villain. And both characters die at the end of the movie.
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Over 9 movie posters of Coco has been displayed in the movie theather lobbys. One of them show the chartor Miguel body holding a guitar in his right hand is simpler to the movie poster for 1992 low budget film El Marchi and on that poster shows the main male chartor body walking down the road carrying a guitar case in his right hand .
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