Toy Story 3 Director Reveals First Official Still of Pixar’s New Animated Film ‘Coco’

The first still of the new Pixar movie “Coco” was finally revealed by the title’s Director, Lee Unkrich, who also directed Toy Story 3 (2010). An exclusive look at the new film’s plot was announced in collaboration with Entertainment Weekly the same day. The story follows a 12-year-old boy by the name of Miguel, descendant of the Riveras family – well-known for their shoe making business.

The backstory of the family began, however, with a man abandoning all to pursue his dreams. This includes his family. Poignantly, the man was Miguel’s great-great-grandfather. Thus began the hatred and complete censorship of music in Riveras household. Instead, music is seen as a curse.

Miguel had other ideas.  His ear and passion for song, in an effort to rise from the suppression of musical expression, completely disregarded the long-standing rule. Long-standing in the sense that it was to be adhered through all his years of living. The attempt to rebel gets Miguel into some trouble, in spite of it all. What begins as a child pursuing his love for music, quickly turns into an adventure more eerie.

The young boy’s curiosity got the better of him when it led him to the grave site of the dead man, Ernesto de la Cruz, a musician Miguel came to idolize through his obsession. He, in an unfortunate lack of better judgement, took the guitar lying on the tombstone. The still can be seen in the image above. By doing so, Miguel is sent to the land of the dead.

Director Unkrich, who also headed Toy Story 3, states that Coco will not be a musical – despite the plot being centered around music. At least, not in the way Unkrich sees it. That’s not the only potential problem that he sees. Seeing as much of the focus will be around Dia de los Muertos, a long-standing Mexican tradition – it could pose problems if the holiday isn’t presented correctly. So, the director made sure to cast an all-Latino cast of voice actors, and hire on professional to verify the authenticity.

Unkrich tells Entertinment Weekly of his desire to be as precise as possible:

The day John Lasseter gave the thumbs up for this movie, I immediately felt this huge weight drop onto my shoulders because I knew that we were doing something different than we had ever made at the studio and that for the first time, we were going to have this enormous responsibility to do right by this culture and not lapse into stereotype or cliché.

Pixar’s Coco is scheduled for release on November 22, 2017 – Fall of next year.

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