Okay, we’ll be the first to admit that this just released deleted Coco scene isn’t quite as big of a showstopper as the one Disney-Pixar dropped on Wednesday, but it’s still pretty darn fun if you’re a fan of the film.
And here’s betting that if you have seen the Oscar-nominated and Annie-endowed flick, you’re a fan. If you haven’t, you should definitely remedy that, stat (lucky you, it’s rolling out for home release next week), but the deleted scene below won’t spoil any of the well-told story for you, as this is simply the scrapped introduction to one of the main character’s, Héctor, as voiced by Gael García Bernal.
To set up the scene, director Lee Unkrich and co-director/writer Adrian Molina explain that they “wanted to find a fun way to introduce Hector,” while also establishing “the rules behind the land of the dead”:
Héctor of course plays a huge role in the film, but his first purpose is to serve as Miguel’s guide through the mysterious passageways of the Land of the Dead. Indeed, he comes into our hero Miguel’s life right when the not-quite-dead-yet child ditches his undead relatives and sets out on his own to find his famous guitar-hero descendant, Ernesto de la Cruz, a man that Héctor claims to know.
So you can understand why the creators thought to make Héctor a tour guide, especially one with knowledge of where all the biggest dead stars lived …or didn’t live… or kind of still live?
While such existential details are left up for interpretation, the filmmakers also used the scene to make the rules of the land a little bit more clear: Namely, that if living folks remember you, you still get to hang out in the posh Land of the Dead. Granted, there are still apparently flashers waiting at the trolley stops, as you can see at the very end of the clip!
Coco comes out on Digital HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on Feb. 27.