And you thought just Cars 3 (2017) was coming from PIXAR this year! Disney and PIXAR have just released the first teaser trailer for Coco (2017), a film centering around Día de Los Muertos. While this was the first preview to be released, attendees of 2015’s D23 Expo did get to see some footage of this highly anticipated film. This will be the second time that two PIXAR films are released in the same year; the last time was 2015 with Inside Out in the summer and The Good Dinosaur in the fall.
It is clear, without a doubt, from what we have seen from this teaser alone, we are in for a mysterious yet consistently emotional and magical ride from Coco, especially the dreamers who can relate to the boy, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), riffing off on his guitar with his presumably musical idol on television in this preview.
Many people right off the bat are thinking that Coco is a rip off of the Tim Burton-esque animated film, The Book of Life (2014). However, Coco has been in development at PIXAR for many, many years, for a long time being listed on IMDb as “Untitled Día De Los Muertos Film,” so it is very possible that PIXAR got the idea firsthand but was not able to beat Reel FX Creative Studios to the punch. To be honest, Coco looks a little less frightening and more family-friendly in its animation appearance than The Book of Life, and, while it does look quite similar to that film, the storyline synopsis appears to be very different despite the similar setting of the “Day of the Dead.” Coco is directed by the accomplished PIXAR veteran Lee Unkrich, who served as a director of Toy Story 3 (2010) and co-director of Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters Inc. (2001), and Finding Nemo (2003), and Adrian Molina, so we have nothing to worry about. The animation looks stellar as always in a new yet comfortably PIXAR environment. We should always consider ourselves lucky when we get two PIXAR films in a year.
Disney/PIXAR’s Coco will star the voice talents of Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Renee Victor, and Anthony Gonzalez, and dances into theaters on November 22, 2017.
Check out the teaser trailer below and tell us what you think!