So, the story goes, in the middle of the celebration of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), aka the Feast of the Dead, accidentally, Miguel was thrown into the Land of the Dead (Land of the Dead). There, he met his ancestors. Which is gone. Which is already in the shape of a skull. What will happen to Miguel next?
Btw, according to one of the screenwriters, Adrian Molina, Coco’s production process is very complicated. In 2013, Disney planned to purchase the patent rights to the Dia de Muertos name for the film’s title. However, this intention received strong protests from people of Mexican descent. According to them, Dia de Muertos is a sacred celebration. Which, shouldn’t be traded like a brand. Disney later abandoned their plans. And, finally, make this Pixar production film with the title Coco.
Interestingly, as research material, before the shooting process began, the production team from Pixar had mingled and lived with several families in Mexico. Through this Coco film, they want to convey the beautiful traditions, culture, and family values of Salma Hayek’s country.
After going through a long production process, at the D23 Expo event, which was held in July 2017, finally, Pixar released the trailer for this Coco film. In addition, Pixar also featured the collaboration of Anthony Gonzalez (voice of Miguel) and Benjamin Bratt (voiced of Ernesto de la Cruz). They sing a duet song Remember Me. Accompanied by dozens of dancers.
According to director Lee Unkrich, the song Remember Me is indeed the key to the story of this Coco film. The lyrics are about how important it is to remember those you love. Both while alive and after.
Through this Coco film, Lee Unkrich seeks to explore a side of Mexico that is not widely known by outsiders. Namely, about the love of family, traditions, and culture. So far, the Sombrero Country is better known for its corrupt politicians, Narcos, and its earthquakes.
Mexican culture, in this 109 minute film, is indeed shown in great detail. For example, we can see the appearance of a dog without hair. Who likes to follow Miguel everywhere. According to Lee Unkrich, ancient Mexican-Americans believed that dogs could help them reach the Land of the Dead. Especially, xolo breed dogs. The hairless one.
In addition, this Coco film also gives a large portion of family relationships. Especially, between Miguel and his grandmother. Their relationship, in fact, was a relationship of hate and love. Which will move and drain the tears of those who watch it.
According to Lee Unkrich, the Day of the Dead festival, in fact, carries a moral message about family love. In Mexico, the moment is used by residents to remember their ancestors.
In Coco’s final trailer, which was released earlier this month, we saw a glimpse of the Land of the Dead. Which, it turns out, is not as terrible as its name. In fact, in fact, it looks very festive. With lively skulls that are funny and dancing. Accompanied by lively music. With bright colors. During the Day of the Dead celebrations, Mexicans usually paint their faces similar to skulls.