Following the dark-looking Cars sequel, the next feature we can look forward to from the animation giants in 2017 is an original film entitled Coco.
Coco will see Lee Unkrich in the director’s seat, with Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez joining Bernal as the voices of the four main characters. The script has been written by Adrian Molina, who will also be directing alongside Unkrich after being promoted for his skill as a writer.
So far, the production team have been eager to keep the film culturally sensitive - which, as we all know, should be a no-brainer, but is an important move to make with Hollywood’s insistence on keeping everything as white as possible. Unkrich told Entertainment Weekly: “It was important to us from day one that we had an all-Latino cast. It focused us, and we ended up with a fantastic mix of people — some from Mexico and some from Los Angeles.”
The story follows a young boy named Miguel (Gonzalez), an aspiring musician whose family has imposed a generations-long ban on music. Desperate to emulate his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Bratt), Miguel somehow finds himself in the vibrant and colourful Land of the Dead. As his journey unfolds, he teams up with charming trickster Hector (Bernal) who helps him find the truth about his family’s past, including that of his Abuelita (or Grandma, voiced by Victor).
Is it just me, or are there some serious Book of Life vibes coming from this film? If that’s the level of quality Pixar are shooting for, then this should be a film to get excited about.
The film is scheduled for release in the US on 22 November 2017 and, as usual, the UK will be seeing it a few weeks later on 8 December.