Pixar celebrates the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos with Coco, which finds a 12-year-old boy trapped in the Land of the Dead with no way to get back this his small village without the help of his dearly departed relatives. Voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, Miguel Rivera hails from a family that has banned music for generations. One hundred years earlier, the father of Miguel’s great-grandmother Coco abandoned his family to pursue his dream to become a musician. Music was then not welcome in the Rivera household. Desperate to follow his dream to become a musician, Miguel ends up on “the other side” after he steals the guitar of Ernesto de la Cruz from the mausoleum of the famous singer-songwriter, whom he believes was Coco’s father. Miguel seeks out de la Cruz in his bid to escape the Land of the Dead. Coco’s voice cast includes Benjamin Bratt as de la Cruz and Gael García Bernal as Hector, a destitute grifter who agrees to take Miguel to de la Cruz in return for the boy remembering him every year on Día de Muertos. Coco, which is now in theaters, represents the first Pixar film for sketch artist Ana Ramirez, who was born in Mexico. A former Pixar intern, Ramirez has since moved on to work on 2019’s Toy Story 4. Ramirez when she was in Austin in November to conduct a presentation of Coco to students at the University of Texas.
Aired: Nov. 23, 2017