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Coco is an animated fantasy film by Pixar Animation Studios and follows the story of Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old boy from a family of humble shoemakers who dreams of becoming a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. For reasons that baffle him, his relatives go to extreme lengths to stop him pursuing his ambition. Desperate to prove his talent Miguel is accidentally transported to the stunning and colourful, land of the dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two embark on an extraordinary journey where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.
Coco is a charming, beautiful and imaginative movie that is perfect for the whole family. Everything about this film is so fresh and wholesome and entertaining. The songs are great as are the vocal performances, the animation style is sensational, especially in the land of the dead, while the story itself is emotionally on point and I have nothing but praise for its theme and tone. It really is just lovely.
Miguel’s dog, Dante, was my favourite character – I honestly laughed every time I saw him on-screen but all of the family bring something to this movie and the relationship that develops between Miguel and Héctor is really heart warming.
The twists, turns and comedy make this an entertaining viewing for all ages but it is the way the film (and obviously Mexican culture) tackles the idea of death in such a positive way. That coupled with again, a stunning animation style make this the almost perfect way of introducing the idea of death to a child. No matter what you believe happens after death, I think we can all agree that if it is this…then that’s really nice.
I highly recommend checking out this film, especially if you have kids but I guarantee it will bring a tear to your eye or at least make you a little emotional by the end no matter who you are. I think Coco is brilliant, a triumph in fact. A must see.