'Coco': Hispanic Heritage Month Must-See Movies

Our film recommendation on this day in Hispanic Heritage Month is 2017's acclaimed Pixar animation, "Coco."

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

Coco

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

"Coco" features the amazing vocal talents of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, and more, plus incredible animation from Pixar. Our movie selection for Hispanic Heritage Month is an absolute classic, and the 2017 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Film.

The Film

Much like another awesome Hispanic Heritage animation, Fox's 2014 feature "The Book of Life," Pixar's "Coco" revolves around the cultural holiday Day of the Dead. It follows a 12-year-old boy Miguel (voiced by Gonzalez) who longs to be a musician. In his home, though, music is forever banned. Generations before him, his great-great-grandmother Imelda was abandoned, along with her daughter Coco, by her music-playing husband Hector.

Somehow, Miguel ends up transported to the Land of the Dead. There, he runs into his relatives, and makes plans to visit legendary deceased artist Ernesto de la Cruz. He learns soon enough though that his family history is not what it seemed. His great-great-grandfather Hector did not abandon his family under the circumstances he was told. And Hector, too, was an important artist with dreams and songs.

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

Now, Miguel must find a way back to the Land of the Living, and bring his entire family – all of the generations – together. Reconciliation, remembrance and maybe even the joy of music old and new can still happen, if Miguel and his relatives can find a way to connect and bring their real legacy together.

Hispanic Heritage Month Connections

"Coco" is entirely about the rich cultural traditions and special history of Mexico and its heritage. Through its authentic characters, storytelling, and filmmaking techniques (a marvelous, colorful visual achievement), it becomes a new kind of Pixar movie. The filmmakers travelled to Mexico several times to ensure the accuracy in the details. And the Hispanic cast brings real depth and emotion to their performances.

Why You Should Watch It

"Coco" is a heartfelt tale about a multi-generational, Mexican family, and it's a universal story about things every viewer can relate to. It's dramatic, funny, entertaining, and insightful. It's the perfect treat to enjoy with your loved ones, especially as we draw near to the actual holiday, and the holiday season.

Did You Know

Normally, foreign films about ghosts aren't allowed in China. However, "Coco" moved the censor board so much that they made an exception. The film went on to gross more than all of the other Pixar movies released in the country. It made nearly $190 million in China, second only to the $210.5 earned in the US and Canada.

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November 22, 2017

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Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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