Pixar may have lost the Best Animated Feature to Disney for three of the last four years but it has a strong contender this year with its Thanksgiving release “Coco.” This touching family film directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) is the first from the studio to feature an all-Latino voice cast.
First-time screenwriter Adrian Molina drew inspiration from Día de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, to tell the story of a 12-year-old boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who love of music leads him to solve a century-old mystery.
Forbidden to play music by his family, Miguel turns for inspiration to the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a legendary Mexican guitarist. Simply touching Ernesto’s guitar takes him to the Land of the Dead. There he meets Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), a charmer who just happens to be a skeleton. Together, they try to uncover the true story of Miguel’s family.