Back in December 2016, it was revealed that Disney, with the help of Pixar, was dropping a Latinx-inspired film in 2017. Three months later, the official trailer was released. Now, the countdown has begun.
Coco, premiering November 22, tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel, who accidentally enters the Land of the Dead, meets the souls of his long-dead ancestors and seeks to track down his idol, the late singer Ernesto De La Cruz.
As we patiently wait for the vibrant flick to launch, here are five things you should know before the big day!
1. Not the first Day of the Dead movie
The upcoming Coco celebrates Día de los Muertos and the Mexican culture; however, the Book of Life did it first. The 2014 film, starring Diego Luna, has a similar plot to Coco. The Book of Life's director Jorge Gutierrez, even praised the movie project on Twitter.
I'm rooting for Coco! Aside from employing lots of my friends, how can I not root for an animated film that celebrates Mexican culture?— Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) December 6, 2016
2. It took seven years to make
Coco's director Lee Unkrich first pitched the idea in 2010. Unkrich is also the director of films such as Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3. So, basically, this movie is going to be AWESOME and ADORABLE.
3. The cast is bomb AF
Coco counts with an all-Latino cast. But it's not just ANY actor or actress. Wait for it... Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Jaime Camil, and Gabriel Iglesias, are some of the peeps on board.
4. Dante's Lunch—A Short Tail
In promo of the upcoming flick, a short film titled Dante's Lunch—A Short Tail introduced the film's supporting character, a Xoloitzcuintle named Dante.
5. Conan O'Brien shared his two cents
Late night TV host and comedian, Conan O'Brien (aka Coco) called out Disney for ripping off his name. "The point remains, it’s my name. I established it. It’s my brand. So Disney — I know you’re watching — it’s time to change the name of your Coco movie,” he said on his show, according to Splitsider. He's obviously kidding and everyone's obviously excited for this flick.
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