Film Overview: Coco

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Coco follows a young boy named Miguel who dreams of one day becoming a proficient musician like his long-time idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel is steadfast in his goal despite the fact that his aspirations pit him against his family’s wishes, as there is a generations-old ban on music in his family.

In a bid to prove his worth and following a mysterious series of events, Miguel would soon find himself in the Land of the Dead. It is there that he encounters Hector, and together, they set out to find the true story behind his family’s history.

Coco is the latest animated feature film from Pixar, the studio behind Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo. As one would expect, the visuals are stunning and the story itself never fails to strike an emotional chord. However, what is most interesting with Coco is the attention to detail and the level of respect it puts in as it taps into certain story elements beloved by Mexican culture. What could have been another case of Hollywood cultural appropriation instead turns into a work of art that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

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