‘Coco’ Trailer: Heart and History Cloaked in Vibrance

Taking a step back into our childhoods has never been as fresh and electrifying.
By  · Published on September 13th, 2017

Taking a step back into our childhoods has never been as fresh and electrifying.

If there’s one thing Disney-Pixar is capable of doing, it’s sending chills down everyone’s spines the moment a trailer drops: this new one for Coco elicits no different response. It is a deeper dive into this Mexico-based coming-of-age romp, taking a closer look at the characters and landscapes that make up The Land of the Dead.

A vibrant, colorful celebration of Mexican culture and mythos, Coco tracks the story of a young boy, Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who is desperate to establish himself as a talented musician like his long-lost idol. However, just touching a seemingly enchanted guitar renders young Miguel non-corporeal. And so begins his journey back to the land of the living, aided by trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal). The film will feature an all-Latino cast; a crucial first for the company that also could not be timelier.

The iridescent animation certainly amplifies the wonderful mysticism infused throughout the new trailer. On journeys through air and under water, we’re immersed in wondrous environments, with the richest topography that just keeps getting better in that quintessential Pixar way. From fields of marigolds to bustling streets and towering buildings, it’s enough to feel like a kid again. We also get just the slightest glimpses of some of the film’s most intriguing creatures, particularly alebrijes¬†(“spirit animals”). A press trip to Pixar Animation Studios earlier this year details the gorgeous concept art and cultural significance of the creative process bringing those animals to the screen. And what rounds out this trailer and makes it great is the wit and slight nod to pathos that has become synonymous with the company. This already seems like the kind of effervescent, heartfelt film that should have followed up Inside Out years ago.

Coco premieres on November 22 in cinemas.

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Sheryl Oh often finds herself fascinated (and let's be real, a little obsessed) with actors and their onscreen accomplishments, developing Film School Rejects' Filmographies column as a passion project. She's not very good at Twitter but find her at @sherhorowitz anyway. (She/Her)