'Coco' Review: Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead Gem Is as Lively as They Come

'Coco' Review: Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead Gem Is as Lively as They Come
With its cast of skeletons and macabre "I see dead people" vibe, Coco may be the strangest thing ever to come out of the Pixar animation factory. That's a good thing. Their latest animated movie finds the company spreading its wings and pushing into new territory, including betrayal and murder, without neglecting its family franchise responsibilities. It's a tricky business, which Pixar, mostly, pulls off in high style.

Lee Unkrich, his co-director Adrian Molina and their team of screenwriters have conceived Coco as a salute to Mexican culture – the voice cast is almost entirely Latino,
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Review: ‘Coco’ Plucks Guitar Strings and Heartstrings

Pixar’s 19th feature Coco was conceived as a tribute to Mexican culture, which is perhaps its most innovative quality, though it’s nevertheless a transporting and entertaining addition to their canon. It’s a testament to the animation company’s creative ingenuity that they have managed to make a film that tackles a subject matter as desolate as death in ways that children could breezily enjoy and adults could ponder in more thought-provoking ways. After a string of films ranging from safe sequels (Finding Dory) to franchise duds (Cars 3) to not-fully-realized adventures (The Good Dinosaur), this is Pixar coming back in a heartfelt, gorgeous way.

Coco’s main protagonist is 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez, in fine vocal form) who was raised by his family to disavow anything having to do with music. It’s been three generations since the Riveras have even heard music in the house,
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‘Coco’ Review: Pixar Does It Again With Dazzling New Toon

‘Coco’ Review: Pixar Does It Again With Dazzling New Toon
Pixar proves with its 19th feature film that not only has it not lost its touch, it’s getting better. In what may just be the most diverse ‘toon they have tackled yet, Coco takes us right from the heart of Mexico’s talent show Dia de Muertos to the Land of the Dead, where 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) gets some major life lessons from the deceased. Miguel is a young boy obsessed with music and playing the guitar in the tradition of his great great…
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Coco Review

As Pixar Studios imagineers yet another animated awards contender, you have to wonder when – or if – they’ll ever stumble again (even in the slightest). No company can flawlessly produce film after film of praise-worthy content, can they? Well, considering how Coco is their best release in years (very, Very successful years), you’ll have to *keep* pondering that very query. Silently, from behind streaming tears (once again).

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s festive journey through their splashy “Land Of The Dead” is a touching, massively heartwarming story of the strongest familial variety. An afterlife exploration so inspired by the theme of death, yet never burdened by fears of the unknown. Even better? Disney/Pixar embraces yet another chance to push younger audiences towards more cultural – and inclusive – understandings. Respectful, complex and still monumentally entertaining – hot tamale, what a triumph.

Anthony Gonzalez voices Mexican son/grandson Miguel Rivera, a starry-eyed,
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‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Proves That the Studio Still Has Some Life in its Bones

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‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Proves That the Studio Still Has Some Life in its Bones
Pixar movies still make money hand over fist, but it’s hardly a secret that Luxo the lamp isn’t shining quite as bright as it used to. Once upon a time, the company’s animated offerings were genuine cultural events, the best of them (“Ratatouille,” “Finding Nemo”) even meriting comparison to the masterpieces of Studio Ghibli. While their films reliably still clear the low bar set by some of their competition — there’s a world of difference between the noble failure of “The Good Dinosaur” and the artless cynicism of “The Boss Baby” — three entire “Cars” movies have taken their toll.

Now, with sequels becoming more of a rule than an exception, Pixar finds themselves at something of an inflection point in their young history: Are they going to recommit to the bold originality that made them such a powerhouse, or are they going to continue recycling old stories
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10 Best Movies to See in November: Thor, 'Justice League' and Louis C.K.

10 Best Movies to See in November: Thor, 'Justice League' and Louis C.K.
We're neck-deep in the prestige-movie season, i.e. when a handful of movies made for [gasp] adults join the usual year-round I.P. blockbusters. Yes, there are new Marvel and DC movies heading down the pike, perfect for those who like their superhero films in both bright-and-peppy and dark-and-dour flavors. But there's also one of the year's best romance movies, a there-goeth-the-great-man biopic, an Agatha Christie murder mystery, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age movie and a chatty three-men-and-a-coffin character study on deck. All this, plus a black-and-white movie by Louis C.K. that will
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Pixar’s Coco is Alive and Well in the Land of the Dead

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Emeryville, Calif. — The screening of Pixar’s next film, Coco, or to be precise, a viewing of roughly a third of the movie, had just ended, the lights rising in the studio’s theater against a ceiling of faux starlight with all the subtlety of the midday sun. There was no question, we were back in the land of the living, and for a brief moment we regretted it. What we had seen was simply stunning - the tale of young Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) as the pursuit of his...

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Pixar's Coco Poster, Concept Art and Voice Cast Unveiled

Pixar's Coco Poster, Concept Art and Voice Cast Unveiled
Disney and Pixar have unveiled the first real details about their upcoming animated adventure Coco. First announced back in 2012 as an untitled Dia de los Muretos project, the studio has revealed that young newcomer Anthony Gonzalez will voice the main character, a 12-year-old boy named Miguel. Benjamin Bratt has signed on to voice Miguel's idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, with Gael Garcial Bernal voicing Hector and Renee Victor voicing Miguel's grandmother, Abuelita. We also have the first poster, concept art of Miguel and his great-grandmother, Mama Coco, and the official plot synopsis, which you can read below.

"Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.
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Angelina Jolie's New Engagement In Ecuador

Angelina Jolie's New Engagement In Ecuador
Exactly one week after confirming her plans to marry Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie already has a new engagement—in Ecuador.

The Oscar-winning actress, who was recently named the Un refugee agency’s new Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, visited Ecuador this weekend in her first field visit since being appointed to her new position this month. She spent time with refugees by the San Miguel River, in Ecuador.

"Her work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador," Geneva-based Unhcr spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters late last week, noting that Special Envoys are unpaid positions.

"I don't think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that she is bringing in terms of the attention that she is getting for the plight of the world's displaced," Edwards added.

In her two-day visit, Jolie visited
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