Beginning production during the same year that The Book of Life was released - Coco's recent arrival has drawn many similarities to 20th Century Fox's quaint animation. Coco highlights one of Mexico's largest celebrations, the 'Dia de los Muertos'.
All young Miguel longs for is to express himself with music, however his family have banned anything of the sort due to a mysterious and unexplained event from their distant past. By some means he enters the Land of the Dead intent on finding his great-great-grandfather, a famous musician who he believes will change his family's view on music. Coco is absolutely Pixar's most magical and joyous outing yet. An elegant look into the beauty of Mexican culture, illustrated with some of cinema's most breathtaking animated visuals - when it all stacks up not only does it offer a gorgeous storybook glimpse into Mexican belief, Coco might just be the studio's finest picture since 2009's Up.
Toy Story taught us the significance of our relationship with toys, Up explores the mystical beauty of ageing and our unexpected, new experiences that come with it. These family movies have never been as on the nose as Coco, which easily delivers one their most moving creations. Ingeniously using the Mexican festival: 'Day of the Dead' as inspiration, Pixar tackle the question that has surrounded our existence since the beginning of time - what happens to us when we die? For a family film, this undeniably sounds pretty morbid - but with a sprinkle of Disney magic, Coco is a courageous move that pushes the boundaries of family films and the stories they usually tell.
By the opening few minutes, panning through the streets of Mexico you realise this is their best accomplished visual work to date. Once Miguel accidentally passes into the Land of the Dead things become even more astonishing. Long bridges of vibrant orange petals, thousands of our ancestors in gorgeous skeletal form and grand, jaw dropping set pieces popping with vibrant shades of purple and yellow, even for the company that spans multiple decades this is impressive.
You will laugh, you will cry and you will most certainly cheer. Coco is a brave story that develops the importance of family and the beauty of Mexican culture along the way. Bright, bold colours illustrated through some of the most impressive visuals available, Coco isn't just Pixar's most magical work - its easily one of their best.
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