Coco, Pixar's next slated 3D CGI-animated feature film, will arrive for Thanksgiving next year, but it seems much more suited to the Halloween holiday season due to its screen celebration of the festive Mexican remembrance occasion, Dia de Los Muertos. Today Disney released new plot details, vocal casting info and a first teaser poster for their fable set amid the colorful fiesta saluting deceased loved ones. Treading in the same territory as Guillermo del Toro's The Book of Life from 2014, Coco seems to saturate itself with the art, music and traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos, bringing a distinct international flavor to this original production.
Here's the official synopsis:
“Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). 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 (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.”
At first glance this seems an odd choice for an animated film, since the material was just covered so recently and will no doubt instill a certain air of deja vu, but Pixar's storymasters realy know how to spin a yarn and pour on the emotion, so until a detailed trailer drops, it's difficult to gauge this project's ultimate tone and direction. Have a peek at the first poster and tell us if this newest Pixar creation sounds intriguing to you.
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and written by Adrian Molina, Disney/Pixar's Coco lands in theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
(Via Geek Tyrant)