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Disney-Pixar Releases First ‘Coco’ Teaser

Disney has released the first teaser for Pixar’s Coco, the only original film that Pixar has on its release schedule over a four-year period (2016-2019).

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), Coco is the story of Miguel, a boy who dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). To achieve that goal, he must travel through the Land of the Dead to uncover the secret reasons for his family’s generations-old ban on music. Along the way, he meets the trickster Hector (Gael García Bernal) who helps him on his journey.

Adrian Molina, a story artist on Monsters University and Toy Story 3, co-directs the film.

Pixar first announced that it was developing a Day of the Dead-themed feature back in 2012. The project encountered controversy in 2013 after it was revealed that Disney lawyers were attempting to file trademarks on the Mexican holiday.

Coco will open in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2017.

  • Blasko

    I certainly hope the film does well, and the animation is really beautiful, but while watching the trailer my daughter and wife both said, “Oh, is this ‘Book of Life 2’?” Imitation is flattery, I guess.

    • To be fair, “Pixar first announced that it was developing a Day of the Dead-themed feature back in 2012”. The Book of Life came out in 2014 (but was in development before that of course), so it’s possible the development of the two was more coincidental than that. Or not, I dunno.

      But I mean, how many movies about Christmas/Halloween/Easter/etc are out there? No harm in having multiple movies about a well-known holiday, and nobody would consider it imitation if two Halloween movies came out within a few years of each other. As long as they put their own spin on it I’m sure it’ll be good, it is Pixar after all.

      • It’s called Day of the Dead in Mexico and United States.

      • Marielle

        We’re not saying it’s similar just because it’s based on Day of the Dead. The story is similar: a boy loves to play the guitar and sing but his family is against it, he accidentally ends up in the Land of the Dead where he meets his ancestors and wins his family’s blessing to play music. It will be different in other ways: The Book of Life is a love story and a jukebox musical whereas Coco is an adventure involving a skeleton sidekick with original songs.

        • white vader

          But most ARE saying that. Not even based on a trailer, but a teaser! And writing off the design – when they’ve barely seen a thing!

          The internet is wonderful though – so many apparently prescient people…

      • Mesterius

        Yeahp, it is Pixar, that same studio which gave us “Cars 2”, “Brave”, “Monsters University” and “The Good Dinosaur”! So how can it NOT be good?

        • white vader

          I’m not going to defend Cars 2 in any way, but those others? Brave – an outright ANTI-princess film and one of the only real feminist movies (as opposed to tripe like Snow White & the Huntsman and Alice which take us back to the fifties in that respect) for I don’t know how long. But pretty much everyone lazily/ironically writes it off as another Disney Princess flick.

          Monsters University – a film brave (!) enough in this day and age to not be politically correct and the usual no-negativity-no-matter-how-damaging. It said NOT everyone should get a medal. No matter how much you deserve it or how good you are you probably WON’T get your dream – but that there’s not a single path for everyone and there are lateral solutions. I guess most people missed all that on both those films. Thematically more adventurous than anyone else is attempting – from within the mainstream!

          And Good Dino went out there too – it was more like an actual oldschool fairytale, as opposed to a Disney one (!). And even more than Wall-E, a silent movie.

          I’m not saying all of these movie are without their faults at all, but I had to address the accusation of a free ride or people taking Pixar for granted or being biased (looks like you’re as guilty in a negative/dismissive way). Your mocking attempt to redress Tripp didn’t hold much water imo. As he has many defensible reasons to say that.

          • Brave as “one of the only real feminist movies”, what are you talking about?? As if there are no others?? As for your comments about Monsters University being not politically correct… maybe you don’t know what politically correct means. It was a fine film but to call it unpolitically correct makes no sense. It was a good enough movie, but it felt like a second helping of Monsters Inc. except this time it wasn’t surprising or new. I think I would have rather seen a Monsters Inc. sequel with an older Boo returning. Or Mike and Sulley could have met other humans.

            Snow White and Alice might be old fashioned…. but they were made a long freaking time ago by mostly men.

        • Barrett

          Dude, if your comment was meant to crap on Monsters U, you can GTHO and not let the door hit you where God split ya….

          Also, Brave and The Good Dinosaur were both imperfect films, but they were above-average and worth seeing at least once. I really wouldn’t lump them in with Cars 2, which is entertaining ONLY if you really like Mater and/or are a “Cars universe completist.”

          • Christian Z.

            Cars 2: fun popcorn film. Were people expecting more depth than that?

    • William Bradford

      Haha the curse of animation taking so long. My only disappointed here is the skelecton we saw had a soft, fleshy face. I would’ve loved to see them do more of a “Skeleton Dance” thing. BUT we’ll see…

    • Rocktave

      Because there can only be one movie with Day of the Dead themes, right? And of course any movie that comes after is “imitation,” regardless of the story or content.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I know the people at Pixar are really into old pop culture references but was that the Frito Bandito at 0:10?

  • Alice

    It’s The Book of Life, but with with Kubo’s powers, ParaNorman’s main character and Spirited Away’s setting.

    How original.

  • You ever notice how Pixar does their more experimental character designs in the shorts but almost never in their features? These designs in Coco strike me as generic.
    Also, I guarantee you this is already a lock for Best Animated Feature, regardless of its quality, because Disney Co. bias is why.

    • ea

      Plus it features Mexicans, therefore making it anti-Trump and thus academy-friendly.

      • I would think this movie has nothing to do to in speaking against Trump, as it was worked on a couple of years or so before Trump ran for president.

        • Barrett

          It clearly wasn’t at all conceived of as “anti-Trump” given the production timeline, and I’d really like to leave him out of it when it comes to family animation. But the larger “anti-immigrant” and “anti-Latino” forces are not something new, so it wouldn’t at all surprise me if this film was partly conceived in the spirit of sharing Mexican culture with a broader audience and hopefully softening some of the feelings felt by those who blame illegal immigrants or Spanish speaking people for America’s ills.

    • William Bradford

      Pixar is easily the weakest out of the main studios in terms of experimental design. NOW why they have superior stories to other studios the trade off is more then justified. Don’t think much of the boy’s design, but if the film is great I will go along with it :)

      • Tim Tran

        I have to disagree. Character designs of Up, Inside Out, Brave, Toy Story, and the Incredibles are amazing, as compared to Frozen, Tangled, Moana.

        • William Bradford

          Oh don’t misunderstand: Pixar has great Character designs: especially UP. When I say weakest, I mean that DreamWorks, Blue Sky and some of Disney’s shorts (and SONY) have pushed the envelope in terms of design while Pixar doesn’t tend to take function over form. Pixar does tend to do better stories out of the main studios, THOUGH DreamWorks has had some good ones over the years.

        • Barrett

          Character designs in Up and Inside Out were strong. Brave, OK, Toy Story, well, they worked well for 1995 and are kind of exempt due to grandfather clause. The Incredibles so far has remained the pinnacle of Pixar design, not just characters, but the entire world of the film. The Good Dinosaur, the humans in Inside Out, and now Coco seem rather vanilla given what they are capable of. I have to give credit to studios like Dreamworks, Illumination, Blue Sky and even Sony for really pushing character design in a lot of their films. There were some misfires, but overall Pixar is not really leading here, outside of their shorts.

    • Fried

      “Also, I guarantee you this is already a lock for Best Animated Feature, regardless of its quality, because Disney Co. bias is why.”
      Did you just recently get interested in animation or something? This is such an obvious thing it doesn’t even need to be stated. Especially not after two decades after the award has been established and has mostly gone to Disney-Pixar. Are you surprised every year when a Hollywood award goes to a Hollywood studio? Go watch other award ceremonies if you want better representation.

      • Netko

        So if a certain annoying bias happens constantly, we should…not talk about it? If anything that’s even more of a reason to make fun of it and complain, not sweep it under a rug because “it’s obvious”.

        • Fried

          There’s a time and place to talk about it, and this is not one of them because not only are the awards several months away, but Coco hasn’t even come out yet and there won’t even be a nomination list for another eight months. Unless you find interest in someone bringing up the Disney bias in every single article about feature film animation.

          There’s no “discussion” there, it really is just someone pointing out the obvious in a snarky manner to be a backhanded compliment because they have nothing else to say.

          • Netko

            And this is a bad thing becaaauseee…?
            I mean aside from the fact that you personally don’t consider it a problem.

          • Fried

            I literally already explained it why it’s a problem to state things without a means of discussion. There is no room for a discussion here, original poster was not opening anyone up for a discussion, all he did was point out the obvious irrelevantly as a way to complain needlessly about Pixar.

            If you can’t understand beyond this post, then you’re clearly one of those people who thinks whining = discussion.

          • moops

            There’s a time and a place to turn a non discussion into lengthy posts, and this is it. There’s no harm done and the point raised has some merit

            I may be going out on a limb here but it seems you are not really having a great time on this blog these days.

          • Netko

            If “stating things without a means of discussion” bothers you, then you should go to some other site or just take your own advice and not comment, or rather whine, at all.

    • Sim x

      You can make the same observation for Ghibli. Their designs are generic within the context of their style. I don’t understand however why you would take this as factor to criticise.

      It wouldn’t be surprising to find a western bias in the Academy, but Pixar and Disney have been producing a fair consistency of films that have been lauded by film critics from all over the world. They’ve made some very good films and those films have gone on to win major awards.

      • Netko

        I think Ghibli is more understandable because the majority of it were Miyazaki movies are his projects, from the art to the storyboards to the story, unlike Pixar who hires a people to work on different aspects of their movies. Even then though, while his (main) characters would look the same, you couldn’t say the same for the rest of his movie’s visuals in the least.

        The Book of Life was visually one of the most unique cgi features I’ve seen. It was bursting with vision and personality. So it’s a stark contrast to the by-the-numbers approach with Pixar. Why wouldn’t the art style and designs be criticised, when animation especially is a visual medium? If I only wanted the story to matter, I’d read a book. Not that a movie can’t be good with bad designs, I mean I though the main characters in Inside Out were atrocious, but I still loved the movie. The Good Dinosaur was unforgivable though.

    • Marielle

      Up had some interesting character designs. Carl’s too square to fit in other Pixar films. Riley and Miguel look the same though and they fit with the humans of Finding Dory.

  • Gabi Vallu

    the boy has riley`s nose ♥

  • Anna Stasek

    But it’s just like the book of life :/

    • Dave 52

      So, because this movie has a protagonist who likes music and visits the underworld that automatically means that the movie is “just like the book of life”? That’s like say “because Monsters Inc and Little Monsters both have a world within the human world that monsters inhabit that means the movies are the same.” Or saying ” because Inside Out and Herman’s Head both have characters who are personified emotions that means they are the same thing”. It’s EXECUTION that matters. Whether or not Coco is similar to The Book of Life or not will all depends on the EXECUTION of the movie.

      • moops

        There you go Anna, that told you I guess.

        I think the comparison’s with The Book of Life come from, as my own did, looking at this trailer and thinking, ‘Is this The Book of Life?’. It’s not a contrived opinion, it’s a direct reaction to looking at this trailer

  • Jason Garrick

    It looks just like Book of Life albeit at a level of Pixar quality, but this time with a white man (Lee Unkrich) driving the ship of a Mexican tale… *sigh*

    • Dave 52

      First off, just because this movie LOOKS to have a FEW similarities to The Book of Life does not mean that it IS The Book of Life. Secondly, ANYONE of ANY any race can direct ANY tale. Whether your are African American, Asian, White, or any other race there is no law saying “Only a person of THIS RACE can direct a movie about THIS RACE”. It doesn’t matter what race you are. if you can direct a movie, then you can direct a movie. What TRULY matters is if you have a good understanding of the material you are basing your movie on. Whether or not Unkrich has a good understanding of the “Day Of The Dead” will be determined when the film comes out.

      • Tvoltage

        They turned down Jorge Gutierrez (who was very passionate about his story and heritage) when he pitched Book of Life to Pixar, but instead they went with Lee Unkrich to produce (what looks to be) a very similar story. It’s a slap in the face and you can tell the passion isn’t even comparable when looking at the character designs (specifically La Muerte).

        Sure, it’s Pixar so the story will probably be better, but idk man. It’s just sad and kinda gross. The Coco trailer feels like it’s empty and has no soul.

        • ValjeanLafitte

          “They turned down Jorge Gutierrez (who was very passionate about his story and heritage) when he pitched Book of Life to Pixar”

          I was already thinking ‘ripoff’ as I watched this trailer, but reading this all but clinches it for me. Mind you, I’ve only seen Book of Life once, but Pixar’s version of the Land of the Dead (seen at 1:50) sure looks familar.

          • Dave 52

            I have yet to see or read any proof that Jorge pitch this to Pixar. Also, are we really going to go back to what happened to Inside Out when people claimed it was a “ripoff” of Herman’s Head all because they have somewhat similar concepts and ideas? Just because this films has only two similarities to Book of Life, having a protagonist that likes music and visits a magical “land of the dead”, does not mean that Pixar is “ripping off Book of Life”. I’m pretty sure they are above that. If anything, they take established ideas and concepts, like they have been doing since 1995, and put their own take or spin on it by expanding the concept and taking it to new places. Whether or not they do the same with this film is yet to be seen.

        • Jean Paul Medellin

          Jorge Gutierrez is very passionate about his mexican heritage, few people do it as proudly has he does. I imagine that one of the reasons he got rejected about Book of Life is because he has a very defined style that is different from what they do in Pixar. I love Book of Life, really funny and is a product of passion, but I can tell you that is a mixture of mexican, spanish and a touch of U.S. culture, the design used for the movie is very similar to the art style that people from the border in Mexico (and sometimes in the U.S) are known for, the main plot involving the love triangle of three friends. In this trailer I can tell why they say this movie is a love letter to Mexico, the atmosphere, color, design of the altar, the characters on tv (resembling Pedro Infante, the biggest mexican movie star in Mexico’s golden age of cinema), the color of the skin of the main character, even the way they play guitar like if it was a bolero, all little details that may appear like nothing, but trust me, they are everything. And I don’t think the design of the skeleteon that appears in the movie is the main La Muerte, I’m pretty sure is one of many that are around in Dia de Muertos. Of course this is the way I see it, and I totally understand what you say, but I think this movie will surprise a lot of people.

        • Dave 52

          Where did you read that Pixar turned down Gutierrez or even pitched this to Pixar? Both Book of Life and Coco were announced at the same time and even then Lee was pitching idea around 2010 after his work on Toy Story 3. It’s just that Book of Life managed to be released sooner.

          Also, aside from the fact that the main protagonist likes music and goes to a magical “land of the dead” there isn’t even anything, from the plot at least, that seems similar to Book of Life.

          Look, I’m not going to act that The Book of Life didn’t have any passion or any effort put into it because it did. Anyone who saw the movie could see that it was indeed a labor a love. HOWEVER, I’m not going to make assumptions on this movie simply because of Book of Life, I’m not going to say there isn’t as much effort put into this movie because of Book of Life, and I’m not going to hold anything against Lee Unkrich and say he can’t direct a good movie about this holiday because of Book of Life or his race. A line needs to be drawn somewhere.

          • AmidAmidi

            I published an interview with Jorge back in 2001 where he said, “The other big thing that I’m currently pitching is a CG animated ‘Day of the Dead’ feature project.”

            This isn’t meant to suggest any connection, but it is meant to correct your inaccurate suggestion that both films were being developed around the same. Jorge’s project was well known throughout the industry long before Pixar ever uttered a word about doing a Day of the Dead film. Jorge had a development deal for it back at Dreamworks around 2007. Unkrich’s project came much later.

        • ea

          Pixar being accused of plagiarism? Unthinkable!

        • Christian Z.

          If they indeed turned down Jorge Gutierrez and then went ahead and did a similar movie then that truly is very sad.

    • Fried

      Saying in an insulting tone that this Mexican tale being directed by a white guy is somehow bad is actually pushing for inequality. You realize that, right?

      • Jason Garrick

        White men are not at all oppressed or struggling for representation in animation so no it is not pushing for inequality. Try again tho! I am asking for fair representation.

        • Fried

          You’re getting mad that a “white man” is directing a film at Pixar while failing to understand that white man is literally one of the original crew members at Pixar and has co-directed several of their films because they have a very close-knit group when it comes to directors. Between their entire library, they have like, maybe seven or eight individual directors total.

          You’re literally only looking at skin color and no other factors whatsoever to base your bitching on. That’s about as inequal as you can get.

        • Netko

          Is there ever going to be a time when the majority of American movies won’t be set in the US or a related culture like Europe? That’s like asking for Bollywood movies to not be mostly about Indians. Just because an American wants to make a movie about a non-American culture doesn’t mean they have no right to, just as it’s okay for the Japanese to make anime set in the age of prohibition or in heavily distorted Japanese idea of medieval Europe. Other cultures can and do make their own movies about their own culture, the US isn’t obliged to do it for them.

    • William Bradford

      If it helps, the Co-director’s Mexican. As I understand it Book of Life was trying to be Everything Mexico, including things the director made up but said would work because he was Mexican. I think this film focuses much more exclusively on the Holiday and how it relates to ancestry.

      • Jason Garrick

        Definitely a relief that there is some type of Mexican leadership present in the making of the film, but if the story below about Jorge having BoL rejected at Pixar to go for this with Lee producing instead then that’s really curious and unfortunate still.

        I def see what you’re saying as well about focusing on the more broad beliefs of the holiday, but the holiday is inherently Mexican, and by taking away that connection, it is raising 1000 types of red flags. But that is of course speculative and I suspect they’re still keeping Mexican mythology apart of the story, I would be really surprised and further disappointed if not.

        • Jean Paul Medellin

          Lee had a team of cultural consultants so that guided him, they also constantly travelled to Mexico for help in defining characters and story, and even went to a south state to record the music, they really did their homework.

          • Jason Garrick

            Definitely. Honestly, I think while Lee and the rest of the creative team have probably been really respectful (obviously not so much corporate disney), the unfortunate circumstances of like “Jorge vs. Lee’s movie” are just there, and a good jumping off point for discussing issues of diversity in animation.

      • Jean Paul Medellin

        To be honest, Book of Life on some things worked as Everything Mexico, on others not that much, it was a mixture of cultures, still a really unique movie. That is the main focus of the Day of the Dead, is about heritage, family bonds, tradition, it pretty much shows that on the trailer.

    • Sim x

      Why is it wrong for a white man to direct a Mexican story?
      Imagine flipping that expression around, to deem it wrong for a Mexican to tell a white-man’s story. Suddenly the racism is evidential.

      • Or a British person directing a stop-motion film based around Japanese myth/fairytales that came out in 2016?

      • Juan M.

        True. However there are lots of white mexicans you know. For the millionth time. “Latino” or in this case “Mexican” is not a race.

      • Jason Garrick

        No, actually, because white is not a culture. Mexican is.

        • Sim x

          Well if we’re talking about culture then your original point is a bit more convoluted. White skin is present in many cultures. Unkrich is American. Why would it be wrong for someone of American culture (whatever that may be) to tell stories of Mexican culture? I’m Scottish. I wasn’t the slightest bit bothered when Chapman and Andrews developed a story of Scottish theme, and I’m not sure why I would be bothered. The only reason I can muster as to why someone would be aggravated by this would be due to excessive, national pride.

    • otterhead

      Nope. Just because both movies deal with the Day of the Dead doesn’t mean they are thematically similar in any way at all. Massively different movies. And I don’t know why someone’s race has anything to do with their storytelling ability— can you explain?

    • Jean Paul Medellin

      They have similar themes because they deal with the subject of death, but that is the only thing that they have in common. While The Book of Life (that I personally love) has a love triangle driving the main plot, it has a mixture of mexican, spanish and U.S. culture. Based on this trailer, I can already see that this movie is just mexican culture, the colors, the movie on the tv, the design, the atmosphere, it breathes Mexico. I have been following the developing of this movie since they anounce it, and when they showed photos of the mexican musicians recording music that was going to be used in the movie (Lee travelled to Oaxaca, a state in the south of Mexico to do it), I knew this was in good hands.
      If there is something I have learned is that sometimes you need the vision of an outsider to tell a story, and if he has a team of people that are part of that heritage/tradition/country, is becomes something mych better.

      • Netko

        I completely agree that there’s value in how an outsider views another culture and I don’t see why this is automatically written off as insulting or rasist by certain modern groups.
        Many things that from a certain culture seem normal look new to someone who isn’t a part of it, someone who doesn’t take so much it for granted and has a brand new approach to it. If an American movie is made for American audiences, but it happens to be set in a different culture, why wouldn’t you hire an American who’s on the same page as the audience? Look for instance at how different a fantasy game like Dark Souls (made by the Japanese) was to something like Skyrim. There is no way that an American studio would make a game like Dark Souls because that game is distinctly Japanese in its aesthetic and whole approach, even though it’s heavily rooted in European history. Another example is Kung fu panda, a very American movie but one that was extremely popular in China, to the point where they made their own movie based on it: Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit. Even though the latter movie had an authentic Chinese flair to it, it was pretty damn terrible and I think a lot of it has to do with them not knowing how to approach their own culture in the same way the Americans did. I’m certainly not saying that people can’t approach their own culture from an exotic point of view (otherwise we wouldn’t have westerns, anime and wuxia movies), but that point of view tends to be very different from the view of the outsiders. And I think both have merit and both are interesting in their own way.
        Of course it’s important to do research and avoid stereotypes, that goes without saying, but for the life of me I can’t understand why so many people think even the idea of an (American) outsider making a story not set in the US instantly discredits their vision.

        • Jean Paul Medellin

          Perhaps it has to something to with, I don’t know how to call it, something like national pride? Maybe I’m using the wrong words, but sometimes when an outsider has a better understanding of a subject that is not from their own culture, people freak out, maybe they think that is imposible that an outsider can understand it/know it better that they, that were born in it. Is really interesting, because for example, one of the best cooking books of mexican food, was written by Diane Kennedy from England, and I can swear, the recipes are really good, very traditional, like grandma used to do it hehe. And my god, I didn’t knew about Legend of the Kung Fu Rabbit, wow, those designs.

          • Netko

            Most people I’ve seen complain about it are Americans with a serious case of white guilt. They’ve been told that white people can only steal from and disrespect other cultures, so they should be forbidden from writing about other cultures because “it’s not their story”. At least that’s what the comments tend to come down to. I’ve seen people comment similarly on men who write female characters.

            I think “understanding” is a wrong word. I don’t think a foreigner could understand a different culture better than the people who grew up in it. But a foreigner can certainly ‘know’ more about a culture than those people, in the same way that a foreign English teacher can know more about English than native speakers. It’s a different approach.

    • William Bradford

      Well in Garrick’s defense, that DOES often have problematic effects. It doesn’t HAVE to of course: especially when the Co-director is Mexican, and you have an activist who protested he film’s early title on as a chief consultant.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    I don’t know why everyone keeps saying this is a”Book of Life” copy. It’s still way too early to tell. I certainly don’t see any similarities besides the fact that a human enters the Land of the Dead. I don’t see any gods fighting over Miguel’s soul that’s for certain.

  • Navajo Joe

    I cannot be the only one getting tired of Pixar’s ‘explain a key story point by showing old TV footage’ trope? It’s been done in The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Toy Story 2, Up and now CoCo. It works but it’s getting into the territory of lazy storytelling.

    • Barrett

      Forced to agree. It immediately made me think of Wall-E. The usage of it in Incredibles and Toy Story 2 felt organic to me, but yeah, it is definitely time to give it a rest. Sanjay’s Super Team should have been the period on the end of that sentence.

    • Christian Z.

      It feels very forced and shoe-horned in. It also comes across too much as, “We know you think that at Pixar we’re all about the technology. But we’re really about the heart. And to prove it we will put a scene in many of our movies where a black-and-white TV is showing something truly heartfelt from the days when they didn’t have all sorts of special effects to rely on.”

      I like Pixar but I thought they knew to not hammer the same tropes over and over again.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Definetly looks great. My only request to Pixar is to have the boy fall in love,so he goes from expressing a ‘yuck’ look from watching his hero kiss to being kissed himself & finding it not so yucky
    after all.

  • Being mexican myself I confess I’m pretty anxious about how this film turns out. I wasn’t very pleased with Book of Life, I just have a really hard time watching foreigners try to depict my culture (Jorge may be mexican but everyone and everything else was american). Not that they necessarily can’t or shouldn’t, thou that is open to discussion, but I don’t trust them doing justice to it.

    • Roman Reigns Owns The IWC

      My girlfriend is Puerto Rican and she liked Book Of Life.

  • Franco Rampoldi

    oooooooooo “El árbol de la vida” de Guillermo del Toro

  • Sim x

    That is not the meaning of white privilege, please do your research.

    From what I can infer, you are either suggesting that an individual cannot tell stories about anyone else other than their own race, or you’re suggesting that this applies only to white individuals. Both advocations are flat-out racist and the notion that such motives are made in the concern of racial equality is twisted.

    I have not found any limitations, cultural or lawful, that prevent or discriminate against selective genders, races and sexualities from succeeding in the animation industry. My political views are liberal, but this supposed problem appears as an extreme-leftist delusion.

  • This is one of the most exciting Pixar teasers I can remember. The movie looks gorgeous. Some of these shots reminded me of Pixar’s beautiful work in Ratatouille. The theme of the movie, perhaps longing for someone who is no longer with us, is definitely refreshing for an animated movie. Can’t wait to see it!

  • I think Miguel is related to the musician. The ripped photo makes it a bit obvious. That’s probably why his family forbids music because something bad happened and they don’t want history to repeat itself or trying to bury the past.

    • William Bradford

      I’m guessing since day of the dead is about reconnecting with ancestors, that this’ll be about the boy figuring out why his family has scorned a Great-Grandfather (or something similar).

  • ddrazen

    There may be overlap with Jorge Gutierrez’s “Book of Life,” but “Coco” appears to owe just as much to the graphic novel “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier.

  • Steven Bowser

    I’m always impressed when animated films feature characters who play musical instruments and actually show their fingers playing accurately. You don’t get that stuff for free, someone must’ve worked hard to get the fingering just right. It especially blew my mind in Kubo because it was stop-motion. How do you animate a puppet walking, talking, and accurately playing shamisen all at once? It blows my mind.

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  • Fried

    “I can easily dismiss it bc a white person is telling a story of people of color. This is the meaning of white privilege. ”
    Lee Unkrich working for two decades at the same studio since it’s opened and getting various chances to co-direct films because higher ups thought he was a good editor and storyteller and wanted to put him on some of their earlier films that they had no idea if they would do well or not is not the definition of white privilege.

    Boiling down every white person’s success to their race is immensely ignorant and insulting to the amount of work they put in to get to where they are now. Lee might not have been born into a poor family, but that doesn’t mean everything was handed to him. He just happened to be lucky to join Pixar early on, nobody knew the studio’s fate back then.

  • Dave 52

    “whatever happened to Lasseter’s mantra “it’s all about the research”, may it rest in peace.”

    You mean the mantra they used to research how certain parts of the brain work for Inside Out or how they got rid of the original ending for Finding Dory because of Blackfish?

    “Some of the designs are so lazy that for a minute I thought Charles F. Muntz was making a cameo as a ghost.”

    The designs we have seen so far are not lazy. Far from it. If anything, the designs are good but they aren’t spectacular.

    ” A flat white persons view of the Latin American culture (with the paradigm perpetuation and all).”

    I love how out of all things you can make that generalization from this teaser trailer alone. Here I thought you had to actually WATCH THE MOVIE AS A WHOLE and then see how the director handles the project to say something like that. But nope, guess I was wrong. I mean, after all, you do have some special ability to see into the future of how this film will be executed by a teaser trailer so I won’t question it.

    Also, “cringe”? Really?

  • Netko

    “So excuse me if I feel it’s a missed opportunity that Mexican animators are not the ones leading the charge on their own culture and story, especially so that it can be most respectfully done.”
    It’s their culture, but it’s certainly not their story just because it happens to be set in that culture.

  • Jason Garrick

    The sad part of talking to someone about this stuff on the internet is that you have not once addressed the fact that I’ve made several points that Pixar (and I would agree most major animation studios) has a diversity problem. I’m not debating Lee Unkrich’s ability to direct an incredible film, even an incredible film about the Day of the Dead (and tbh I bet the movie will be great)… in this context though, as a person of color in the animation industry, I wish that my own people who are struggling to have voices in this very white male dominated space to at LEAST be able to tell the own stories of their own culture. And it’s extra dismaying to know that a movie on this same subject was released within the past 5 years, and ACTUALLY directed by a Mexican-American filmmaker, and with the stamp of Pixar, BoL will probably be overlooked. And Sim x, if you are as liberal as you say you are, you would take a beat and empathize which where I’m coming from.

    Is it sexist to want to hire a female director to direct a female led movie? No. Is it racist to want to hire a black director to tell a black story? No. So why is it racist of me to prefer a Mexican director to tell a Mexican story? :) It is not as black and white (no pun intended) as just “oh, you’re pointing out that Lee is white, so you’re racist.” No… it’s an unfortunate and curious set of circumstances. and don’t talk to me about good intentions on Disney’s part. Amid literally pointed out that Disney tried to trademark “Day of the Dead”… imagine the uproar if Disney tried to trademark Easter.

    Again, not sure why you guys are so angry at a guy asking for diversity, lol. “Extreme-leftist delusion”. c’mon. Be fair, because opportunities for people of color in animation sure aren’t…

    • Fried

      “So why is it racist of me to prefer a Mexican director to tell a Mexican story? :) ”

      Because if you want to take interest in a studio hiring people “appropriate” to tell a story, go look at every other studio rather than Pixar. Pixar pretty much only lets their original brain trust back from the beginning of the 90’s be directors. And yes, all of those people were white males. They don’t look for outsiders and they’ve reached a point of wanting guarantee success that they don’t take many chances with newer directors, either.

      You want every single company, studio, and job to have equal representation and get angry when they don’t while not understanding the situation for each of those groups and thinking they all work in the exact same way. Dreamworks is a studio who uses a different director for every film, look to them if their representation starts to become limited. Or Blue Sky, or Sony Animation, or Disney. But not Pixar.

      The entire reason for that article from awhile ago where they talked about how they wanted to have more diverse directors within the next 5 or so years is BECAUSE they are such a close-knight group, they’ve already got planned out what they want to do from years ago. And as their original brain trust continues to shrink and be moved over to Disney, they’re going to have to start letting in outsiders.

      But don’t get pissy when you see Lee, Stanton, Lasseter, or Pete Doctor’s name for a Pixar project. There’s a reason they’re being selected for director and trying to force a “diversity” issue into literally every single thing and not considering other factors is exactly why people are sick of the liberal agenda to begin with and calling you extreme left.

    • Sim x

      The issue that I take from the points expressed from yourself and others alike is the reference to a diversity problem.

      I can see that there is a lack of diversity in animation, but I do not see a problem. Again, as far as I have researched I cannot find any intentionally placed discriminations against any particular class of individual within this industry, at least to a western concern. Anyone is permitted to excel as an artist and to create whatever may peak their interest. If Unkrich is interested in telling a story based on a Mexican holiday, I can see no problem in that.
      If you want to tell a story about your own people or your own background, go ahead. No one’s stopping you, and if they are then all you have to do is provide the evidence of such, which shouldn’t be difficult to find.

  • I admit, I felt there were some similarities I saw between the Book of Life and Coco seeing this teaser alone (how we see the other world for the first time, guitar player) (as the Book of Life did for their trailer). I will watch the film, it’s just not grabbing me at the moment. Hopefully the next trailer will do just that.

  • DerekX

    This looks REALLY BAD. Pixar hasn’t made a genuinely good film since Wall-e. People need to say the emperor has no clothes already. I haven’t seen “The Book of the Dead”, but based on it’s trailer, it looks WAY more interesting than this lame thing…

    • Roman Reigns Owns The IWC

      I enjoyed Finding Dory, maybe it has to do with me loving the character in general, but I know I’m not alone in liking the movie.