Finding Dory may have paid for the entire Pixar studio staff to put their kids through college last year, but that doesn't mean the animation studio has given up on original material just yet. Sure, Cars 3 is the next sequel scheduled for release, but later this year, Pixar will literally take us to a whole new world with Coco, a magical exploration of the Mexican underworld.
While we always knew that Coco would be in safe hands with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, nothing could have prepared us for just how gorgeous the first trailer is, blinding us with sumptuous visuals that make The Good Dinosaur look like an old relic in comparison.
What are you waiting for? Check out the first official trailer for Pixar's 'Coco' below:
Surrounded by an extraordinary cast that includes the likes of Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Renée Victor, newcomer Anthony Gonzalez sounds like he's the perfect choice to voice Miguel as he navigates the dangers of Día de Muertos, the Mexican holiday otherwise referred to the Day of the Dead.
Like Moana last year, Coco will stand apart from other animation films of its ilk by depicting a culture that's rarely showcased in Hollywood productions. Check out the official synopsis for Coco below to discover more of how Pixar will explore Miguel's Mexican's ancestry:
"Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel, who resides in a lively, loud Mexican village but comes from a family of shoemakers that may be the town’s only music-hating household[...] It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and his favorite performer De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.
In the beautiful underworld, it’s not long until Miguel encounters the souls of his own family[...] Still, given the opportunity to roam around the Land of the Dead, Miguel decides to track down De la Cruz himself. He teams up with another friendly (and skeletal) spirit — a trickster named Hector, voiced by Bernal — to find De la Cruz, earn his family’s blessing to perform, and return to the Land of the Living before time runs out."
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Pixar's last 'risky' films were The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. While the latter brought the studio more acclaim than ever before, the former failed to live up to expectations, so let's hope that Coco repeats the success of the emotional Inside Out instead of Pixar's first prehistoric venture.
Although the wait may kill us, we'll join Miguel and his undead buddies soon enough anyway in the Mexican underworld when Coco opens on November 22, 2017.
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