ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

It's been a good while now since Finding Dory — the latest offering from famed animation studio broke the back of the box office across the US, making more than $1 billion. But when it comes to new Pixar projects, the studio has been as hush hush as ever. Until today, that is.

Today brings the first real piece of news regarding Pixar's upcoming Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed movie Coco, with the studio today releasing casting information, a plot synopsis and two new images via Entertainment Weekly.

The official 'Coco' logo [Credit: Disney Pixar]
The official 'Coco' logo [Credit: Disney Pixar]

was announced back in 2012, and seemed to be languishing in development hell ever since. At their current schedule stands, it's the only titled movie on Pixar's upcoming slate which isn't a sequel (though we are pumped for The Incredibles 2 like you wouldn't believe). It's being directed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and Pixar writer and director Adrian Molina, and now we know a whole lot more about what we're in for with Coco.

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Coco Cast

Lee Unkrich will direct 'Coco' [Credit: Disney Pixar]
Lee Unkrich will direct 'Coco' [Credit: Disney Pixar]

When Disney Pixar first announced that they were making a movie based on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, there was plenty of controversy regarding the major American production company muddling in Mexican waters, especially after they attempted to trademark the "Día de los Muertos" name itself.

And so they've done a lot to make sure they're not stepping on any appropriating toes, including having an all-Latino cast, something which Unkrich describes as "important to us from day one". There's only a few actors confirmed at this stage, but here they are

Anthony Gonzalez

Anthony Gonzalez will voice Miguel [Credit: Disney Pixar]
Anthony Gonzalez will voice Miguel [Credit: Disney Pixar]

Anthony Gonzalez is a young actor, with not a lot under his belt, and Coco will be his first major movie role. So far he's appeared in Como mi hermano (2013) and The Bridge (2013). He will voice Coco's main character, the 12-year-old Miguel.

Benjamin Bratt

Bratt in 'The Infiltrator' [Credit: Broad Green Pictures]
Bratt in 'The Infiltrator' [Credit: Broad Green Pictures]

Benjamin Bratt has been acting since the late 1980s, and has appeared in many movies and TV shows, from to Modern Family. He's also a seasoned voice actor, and he'll be voicing the ghost of singer Ernesto de la Cruz in Coco.

Gael García Bernal

Bernal in 'The Motorcycle Diaries' [Credit: Focus Features]
Bernal in 'The Motorcycle Diaries' [Credit: Focus Features]

Gael García Bernal isn't as well known as the likes of Bratt, but he's got a pretty impressive set of movies behind him, as well as producing, writing, directing and soundtrack credits. That's a lot of talent in one guy. He'll voice the trickster ghost Hector in Coco.

Renée Victor

Victor in 'Weeds' [Credit: Showtime]
Victor in 'Weeds' [Credit: Showtime]

Renée Victor is another actor who arrives with an impressive back catalogue, including film and television work from Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones to Weeds. Victor will voice Miguel’s grandmother, Abuelita, in Coco.

Coco Plot Synopsis

And like all good Pixar movies, Coco has a sentimental heart at its core. This time around it's about music and — of course — family.

Miguel with his grandmother, Abuelita [Credit: Disney Pixar]
Miguel with his grandmother, Abuelita [Credit: Disney Pixar]

Coco tells the tale of Miguel, a young boy living in a lively village in Mexico. But despite the loud and vibrant village he lives in, his shoemaker family — the Riveras —disapprove of music. They believe that they have been cursed by music, and have banned it from their home. This belief goes back generations, as Miguel's great-great-grandfather abandoned his wife to pursue his musical dreams. His wife — Miguel's great-great-grandmother — took over the family, and banned music from it in her grief.

This is the crux of the problem for Miguel, as he loves music, and wants to be a musician. He's inspired by his all time favorite singer — the late Ernesto de la Cruz. When he discovers a surprising connection between himself and Ernesto, he sets out to live up to the singers name — and accidentally ends up transported to the Land of the Dead.

2014's 'Book of Life' is also about Día de los Muertos [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
2014's 'Book of Life' is also about Día de los Muertos [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

There he meets the spirits of his long dead ancestors, including his great-grandmother Imelda. He decides to head out to find Ernesto de la Cruz and solve his musical dilemma, teaming up with a skeleton called Hector to do so. His journey will take him not just to find Ernesto de la Cruz, but to seek acceptance from his family to follow his dreams. But he has to return to the Land of the Living before long, and time is running out...

Coco is set for a November 22, 2017 release — following hot on the heels of Pixar's Cars 3, which releases June 16, 2017, and you can check out the trailer for Cars 3 below.

Which Pixar movie are you most looking forward to? What do you think of the sound of Coco? Have your say in the comments below!

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)