After a slew of Pixar sequels, it might have been easy to forget that new films were in the pipeline - but they certainly are, and to prove it a teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming Coco.
Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed and written by Adrian Molina, Coco follows the story of a young Mexican boy named Miguel (Antony Gonzalez) who dreams of being a musical legend, just like his hero Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). However, for reasons no-one will tell him, music has been banned in his family for generations. But when Miguel accidentally ends up in the Land of the Dead with his loyal hound Dante, he manages to team up with a trickster named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) to discover the truth.
The teaser, below, is a gorgeous piece of work - in just two minutes, we get the emotional depth we’ve come to expect from Pixar and, of course, beautiful animation full of all the vibrancy and colour of the Land of the Dead.
A few critics have already compared Coco to 2014’s Book of Life, and understandably so - even aside from the visuals, they certainly share a good number of central themes (a young boy forbidden from following his dream of music, ending up in the Land of the Dead, making deals with tricksters …). But hopefully, knowing Pixar’s aptitude for storytelling, we’ll end up with two beautiful Land of the Dead films that won’t end up being too similar.
Coco will be out in the USA on 22 November, before making its way here on 8 December.