Disney Pixar’s new movie COCO coming to theaters November 22 is a vibrant creation explaining what Dia De Los Muertos is. The story follows Migel as he has decided to become a musician even though it is forbidden for anyone in his family to even touch a musical instrument. As he breaks the rules he finds himself in The Land of the Dead and this world is even more colorful than the world of the living and that’s saying something. Have you ever been to Mexico? The colors are so striking, they are not afraid of color in Mexico. I’m going to walk you through a few things I learned about how Disney Pixar went from The Land of the Living to the Land of the dead.
Every team that works on a movie at Pixar has to do their research. When the team traveled to Mexico they noticed things like candles, carnivals, homes, flowers, the markets and even plastic tarps. Each of these things were thought of when different parts of the animation were developed. When creating the two different worlds they knew that they had to be different but they both had to be bright and colorful. There had to be brightness to both worlds, but most importantly they wanted this movie to come across as a love letter to Mexico.
I’ll continue bringing you more about each part of making the movie in the coming weeks. We’ll learn more about the family connection between people in Mexico and how that played a part in making the movie. It’s that connection that makes the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos so important. Family is not to be forgotten. Other things that are important is the music, the community, marigolds and The Ofrenda. Each things plays a big part in the story of COCO.