Gotta love Pixar.
Good to see that the Michael Jordan of animated movies is getting back into original storytelling. Aside from Inside Out (banger), The Good Dinosaur (enjoyable), and Brave (haven’t seen it), Pixar has been hitting the sequel pipe heavy over the last couple of years. Not that there’s anything wrong with that because Pixar sequels are better than 75% of animated movies.
All I’m saying is this: Original movies are what got Pixar to this point and it wouldn’t hurt to go back to their roots. So, those who agree with me, enjoy this while it lasts because Pixar’s upcoming slate of films includes the likes of Cars 3, The Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4.
Coco‘s official synopsis:
Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel, who resides in a lively, loud Mexican village but comes from a family of shoemakers that may be the town’s only music-hating household. For generations, the Riveras have banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it; as their family history goes, Miguel’s great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of the now-thriving Rivera line and declare music dead to the family forever.
But Miguel harbors a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.
In the beautiful underworld, it’s not long until Miguel encounters the souls of his own family — generations’ worth of long-dead but no less vivacious Rivera ancestors, including great-grandmother Imelda. Still, given the opportunity to roam around the Land of the Dead, Miguel decides to track down De la Cruz himself. He teams up with another friendly (and skeletal) spirit — a trickster named Hector — to find De la Cruz, earn his family’s blessing to perform, and return to the Land of the Living before time runs out.
Coco will be released in theaters on November 22, 2017. The other movies on Pixar’s schedule through 2020 are Cars 3, The Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4.