|Directed by||:||Lee Unkrich||Produced by||:||Darla K. Anderson||Starring||:||Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia||Production company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios||Country||:||United States|
Coco isn't perfect, but what it is is an absolute joy to watch. The film proves that Pixar is still at its best when tacking new ideas rather than going back to the well.
After a pair of entertaining, if not particularly impressive, sequels to previous films, Pixar is back to once again create an animated feature with a completely original story. If there was a fear Pixar had been losing its mojo, those fears have been laid to rest with Coco, a beautifully crafted and emotional story about music, chasing dreams, and the importance of family,
Miguel is a young boy living in Mexico who dreams of being a musician. The only problem is that Miguel's great-great grandmother abolished music from the family after her husband left her to follow his dream of being a musician. The hatred of music has been embraced by the ensuing generations, leading Miguel to keep his passion a secret. Miguel decides to chase his dream by entering the local talent show on the Dia de los Muertos, when the people of Mexico honor their deceased ancestors, but Miguel's grandmother destroys his guitar, leading the boy to take the one belonging to his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, a local man who became a massive star, and whose crypt resides in town. Upon using the guitar, however, Miguel finds himself transported to the land of the dead, where he meets his deceased family and tries to find a way back home.