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Disney-Pixar’s New ‘Coco’ Trailer Reveals A Lot Of The Film’s Plot

Disney-Pixar has released a new trailer for its Day of the Dead-themed Coco, revealing a broader range of characters and locales than previously seen.

Coco follows the story of Miguel, who dreams of becoming a famous musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. The trailer above reveals a spoiler that I don’t recall being part of earlier trailers, which is that de la Cruz is actually Miguel’s great-great-grandfather.

The new trailer also sets up the basic conflict, which is that Miguel has until sunrise to find his great-great-grandpa or he permanently becomes part of the Land of the Dead. He finds him in the trailer, but whether he makes it out of the Land of the Dead appears to be the film’s big question. The last shot of the trailer, which lasts for less than a second, shows Miguel playing the guitar in full skeleton form, so perhaps he doesn’t make it out.

Disney’s corporate “fansite” Oh My Disney revealed even more plot details that aren’t evident in the trailer:

Coco tells the story of aspiring musician Miguel, a boy who is magically sent to the Land of the Dead on Dia de los Muertos, and needs to find his family members in order to be sent back to the Land of the Living. To return to the Land of the Living, Miguel will need a magical marigold petal and the blessing of a family member. However, the family member can include any condition she likes—even forbidding music forever.

It’s somewhat uncommon for Disney to reveal so much of a film’s key plot points months before its release, but perhaps there’s a concern that American audiences won’t understand the Mexican mythology without advance knowledge of the film’s story.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco opens in U.S. theaters on November 22.

  • Perhaps there’s a concern that people will only pay to see the new Frozen short and then walk out, which Disney engineered entirely itself by pairing it with Coco to begin with.

    • William Bradford

      Sadly you may have something there. NOW Pixar’s done lots of films that weren’t what your average Hollywood marketing crew would consider moneymakers (Walle, UP, Ratatouille), and while not Toy Story or Cars in earnings, they were successful.
      I can’t help thinking, beyond anything else, the MAIN reason The Good Dinosaur flopped financially is because it came out in Fall and all their other films came out in summer. BUT I could be wrong about that…

      • Jack Parson

        Sorry pal, not the main reason. They still had hits from that fall release date. Toy Story, Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monster’s inc were all November release dates respectively. Nemo was their first summer movie. Incredibles was released in November 2004. Then starting with Cars, they started releasing in the summer consecutively. Good dino just didn’t connect with a majority of people. It just never figured out what kind of movie it wanted to be. i don’t make that comment lightly. Movies are hard to make. i am an animator myself. But that still doesn’t shield me from knowing what’s good or not.

        • William Bradford

          Oh yeahhh that’s true, I forgot how many were fall releases T__T, how embarrassing. And yes, The Good Dinosaur had some legit things you could criticize about it; I feel it needed more world-building, and needed to find some more unique ways of representing the more familiar story elements. But again, the quality of a film does not always reflect it’s economic success.

          I can’t help wondering if two Pixar films in one year might’ve also had something to do with it? I would HATE to see Coco lose audience simply because Cars 3 used up everyone’s Pixar enthusiasm T__T. Because while I thought Cars 3 was the best of the Cars films (which means it was still a notch below The Good Dino in my eyes), I doubt whatever Coco turns out to be it is not better then it.

          • Jack Parson

            It does make it less of a “once a year event” to go see a pixar movie when two are released within a year. I could see how that might do some affecting on box office. I mean I myself get a little exhausted from all the choices of all movies animated and live action alike. I have been going to the movies far less the last couple years. To me it’s really becoming a lot of noise. And i have to become far more selective on what i will spend my time watching and what gets me above average excited. This is where a little risk taking can pay off for some studios right about now. Some envelope pushing storytelling…beyond the kid stuff they tend to do. Tonally if they could churn out a couple tonal iron giants….i bet the studios would be surprised how thirsty an audience is for that stuff. This is the prime time to stand out before everyone starts copying the new thing as well. I agree about Coco, probably not gonna be anything special to begin with. Despite it looking nice just seems to be same ole same ole. It’s not giving me that above average excitement. I will wait a spell to see it.

    • Max C.

      Britain is lucky………ish.

      We’ll be getting Coco without a short, only in January, and we’d probably have been spoiled even more than this trailer by then. As for the Frozen short, it will be released here the same week as the US. Before another re-release of the original Frozen, no less. Because of course.

  • For the first time, I can say I’m intrigued for this film. Hopefully it delivers.

  • Why is it called Coco?

    • William Bradford

      My friends from Mexico said it’s the name of a mischievous sprite that’s a skeleton or something like that? Coco I think is short for Coconut, which I think refers to the sound a skull makes when you tap it?

      • Barrett

        Thanks for the explanation. I figured the titled had some direct meaning to the film (I don’t expect titles to movies to automatically “mean something” to me until I see the movie itself.)

        I do also agree with Mesterious that Disney has been on this weird kick, almost like a car company, of insisting on giving their films one-word titles whenever possible for at least a decade now. “Rapunzel Unbraided” (which I’ll confess was a bit of a clunky title) became Tangled, “The Bear and the Bow” became Brave, and “The Snow Queen” became Frozen.

        I have to wonder if they are being somewhat superstitious about it, because some of the longer-titled films like ‘The Princess and the Frog” and ‘The Good Dinosaur” did poorly by their estimation at the box office. At the same time, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6 and Inside Out did very well, but yeah. they do seem inclined whenever possible to boil the title down to one word these days.

        • In a throwaway moment in the trailer you can hear that it’s the name of the boys Grandma.

    • VainillaGem

      It seems like ‘Coco’ its his grandma’s’ name, or well, in Mexico is a common way to call people named ‘Socorro’ so that might have something to do with it

    • Mesterius

      Because Disney thinks audiences can only handle one-word titles.

  • Gabi Vallu

    he’s not dead ( completely) at the last scene of the trailer… so my guess is that at one point he is out of time to find his grandfather, and then he goes up to a tall place and plays his guitar so hopefully his grandfather listens and recognizes and comes meet him… ? a guess. it will probably be a fun movie anyways :)

  • Mary

    I don’t know. I just don’t know. Maybe I’ll give it a shot when it comes on Blu Ray.

  • Elsi Pote

    I dunno how many 80s and 90s references are on this movie trailer. However that Cobra Kai make-up + hoodie reference (intentional or not) made me laugh ?

    The premise lacks that now faint memory of a Pixar instant classic feeling we used to get with every new Pixar release, but it’s a good effort nonetheless.

    Now my only guess about the choice of Coco as Movie title was to not give room to comparisons and moking like Mariachi Dawg, The Book of the Living Dead or The Little Charro and the four strings.

    • Andres Molina

      “The premise lacks that now faint memory of a Pixar instant classic feeling we used to get with every new Pixar release”

      Fine, lets just say Pixar DOES SUCK. They don’t, but lets say they do. Lets just make that assumption. In that case, they will grow out of that phase in their history like Disney did in the 90’s and now this decade, and they WILL, at one point enter their revival era, an era which I will say is not possible, but inevitable. Pixar will at point return to an era that honors if not outmatches their first golden age. And when Pixar DOES enter their own Renaissance era, their new films will not carry that “Pixar instant classic feeling”, not because their new films will be inferior or not as good, because at that point, Pixar will not be trying to mimic the style or feel or even the formula of what they produced before. Pixar will move forward. They will be experimenting on new ideas, and probably ideas that very much depart from their previous films, which as a result they won’t be carrying that classic Pixar feel, instead, these new films will carry a new feeling, and hopefully, a feeling that will ultimately do the studio justice and honor. After all, we do have 4 new original films after Toy Story 4, so lets just enjoy the ride for how it is now, and in the future, we shall see what the company has up their sleeves.

  • Dante Panora

    Don’t you just hate when trailers give away the entire movie? It’s a desperate attempt to throw the stuff from the movie at a wall and hope it attracts some kind of audiences, but the impact is always lessened when you see it. Vague trailers can give give more hope and lend the audience their imagination to what the film may be, which may even be better than what the movie actually is! Like the Alien trailer.

    • Fried

      “Trailers giving away the whole movie” has been a thing since the beginning of Hollywood, though? Keeping secrets from your audience typically isn’t used unless that’s the hook, like Alien or Cloverfield.

    • Mesterius

      “Don’t you just hate when trailers give away the entire movie?”

      Yes, it’s why I almost never watch full-length trailers. Not watching this one either.

  • Boblane3000

    This movie is a weird mash up of footloose, book of life, and kubo… I do appreciate the designs- love the details on the facial features mixed with bold silhouettes and the lighting is just incredible, but man… I have very little interest in seeing this for some reason :/ I suppose it’s me getting bored of the typical tropes of today’s animation.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I’m looking forward to seeing this.

  • Johnny Marques

    Really dislike trailers which reveal too much, not even gonna see this one to avoid spoiling 2/3 of he story arc. Maybe they’re revealing more than usual to reel in parents wary of the Day of the Dead concept, or they want to dispel some of the controversy linked to the project by showcasing what they’ve got in store.

  • Capital_7

    He played music and was never seen again. Now music is forbidden.

    Oy. These tropes are killing me. Even Footloose held together better.

  • Jeff Haynes

    I’ll pass.