Disney and Pixar seem to thrive on pressure. Somehow they continually raise the bar with their films, which simply heaps more and more expectation on the next unfortunate director. Fortunately for the studios though they have an abundance of great storytellers and equally wonderful stories to tell – and Coco is no exception.
The main protoganist in Coco is youngster Miguel, a young boy who is desperate to become a musician in his native Mexico. Unfortunately for him, following an incident in their ancestral history, his family have banned music entirely and are determined to prevent Miguel from following his dreams of emulating his hero, musician and heartthrob Ernesto De La Cruz.
So Miguel steals a guitar from his idol’s tomb for a Day Of The Dead talent show, ends up being transported to the Land Of The Dead surrounded by animated (in every sense) skeletons, and is unable to return without a blessing from a deceased family member. Needless to say, on his epic journey, he meets a variety of characters along the way, including his idol, and learns a great deal about himself and his family history.
As expected, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina have delivered a visual feast of a film, which ticks all the usual Pixar boxes such as a charming story with a strong moral message, wondrous animation, supreme voice performances from the likes of Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Edward J Olmos, a lovable pet in the form of stray dog Dante, and the occasional tear or two.
Although Coco may fall short of some of the elevated standards set by Pixar with films such as Up and Inside Out, this latest offering still ranks as truly outstanding.
Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Writer: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina Released By: Disney/Pixar Certificate: PG Duration: 105 mins Release Date: 19th January 2018