Coco tells the story of young Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who finds himself in the Land of the Dead while trying to become a famous musician. There’s a phenomenal cast, including Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, and music from Frozen songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Coco is also written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who won two Oscars for Toy Story 3. The concept for Coco is inspired by the fascinating Mexican Day of the Dead.
MEXICAN DAY OF THE DEAD
Día de los Muertos
Day of the Dead has a long history in Mexican tradition and is celebrated on November 2nd. Day of the Dead is truly a celebration of life. When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment.
People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Celebrations can take a humorous tone.
The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern La Calavera Catrina.
DIRECTOR: LEE UNKRICH
Screenplay: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía
RATING – PG
Doors 1.30 PM
Film 2.00 PM