Coco: Another Masterpiece from Pixar

Stella W. '19, Writer

Pixar is known for producing stunningly animated and emotionally packed films. Coco is no exception. With extraordinary visuals and deep cultural significance, this new film is on its way to becoming a classic. Directed by Lee Unkrich, Coco explores the whimsicality of childhood dreams through the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos. “Coco is shaping up to be one of the most beautiful films we’ve made,” said Unkrich in an interview with Yahoo.

Coco follows the story of a 12-year-old Mexican boy named Miguel. Born into a traditional family, he is expected to carry on the family tradition of shoemaking. His passion, however, is music. His dreams of being a singer and guitarist are stifled by his family’s hatred for all things pertaining to music. But everything changes for Miguel when he is thrown into the Land of the Dead. Only with the blessing of a family member can he return to the Land of the Living, but his deceased family will not allow him to play music ever again upon his return. The majority of the film chronicles his quest to find an ancestor that would support his passion. Astonishingly beautiful and colorful visuals and emotionally heart wrenching scenes of love and friendship follow Miguel on his journey, leaving the viewer with a magnificent representation of both culture and love.

This film is much more than a kid’s movie. It exposes the average viewer not only to a crucial holiday and traditional family life in Mexico, and challenges the viewer to evaluate the importance of family approval versus following your own dream. What is more important, the film asks, passion or tradition? Coupled with a charming soundtrack, the film meets all the requirements for an excellent Pixar film.

This movie is without a doubt one of the best animated films in recent years. Enjoyable to both children and adults and with thematic elements that challenge the minds of all ages, Coco is a must-see for all. Exquisite animation, characters, and music will leave viewers deeply impacted by the film’s overall beauty.