Our Top 5 Reasons to See Coco
We're not sure we need to list the reasons why you and your whole family should plan to see Coco now that it's available to stream at home, as everyone knows a Disney/Pixar feature is a surefire crowdpleaser! This one is no exception, and we're betting that it takes home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, too.
Coco follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a young boy who yearns to be a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). He practices in secret because his family believes music is a curse ever since his great-grandfather deserted the family to follow his own musical ambitions. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel visits the tomb of Ernesto de la Cruz and is magically transported to the Land of the Dead, where he must seek out his idol in order to get back to the land of the living.
Just in case you were on the fence about whether you should make the time to watch Coco with the family, we've got a few compelling reasons why you should.
Of course an animated movie aimed at kids is going to have plenty of humour in it, and Coco delivers. From the slapstick antics of Miguel's pet stray Xoloitzcuintli dog Dante, to the innumerable jokes and puns that abound when they arrive in the Land of the Dead, Coco is infused with innocent charm while doling out plenty of giggle-worthy moments. The writers also wring lots of humour and heart from Miguel's large and loving but strict family, and their fierce loyalty to the family and its traditions.
All the music in Coco is great, not least because it's steeped in the actual musical styles and traditions of Mexico, where the film is set. But the signature song, "Remember Me", is what you'll be humming hours after you watch the movie. And no wonder—it's written by Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the powerhouse Oscar-winning songwriting team behind Frozen! With a film score by Michael Giacchino, also an Oscar winner, the music in Coco is truly memorable, and we won't be surprised if we hear these names again come Oscar night.
Disney and Pixar are known for creating state-of-the-art animation, but they've surpassed themselves with Coco. Bright with colour but never busy or chaotic, with light-infused scenes that seem to actually glow, and skeletons that move and walk in a unique way that's somehow both shambling and elegant, the whole movie is a feast for the eyes.
It will not shock you at all to know that even the hardest of hearts will feel a tear in their eye at this movie. It’s to be expected from Disney and Pixar, of course; they're experts at tugging heartstrings! Of course there's bound to be plenty of emotional moments in a movie that's centered on the importance of family, but where Coco shines is in using the Mexican tradition of remembrance of one's ancestors to remind us that family means more than those who share our household—it's multi-generational.
Surprisingly for a movie in which half the characters are actually already dead, there’s a lot of suspense in Coco and you will feel genuine concern at times that not all the characters you’ve come to know and love will come through unscathed. It’s a testament to Disney and Pixar’s unique skills at getting you to feel attachment to their creations in under 2 hours!