So far I’ve only seen a rough cut of the first 35 minutes of Coco, so this isn’t going to be full of spoilers. I did spot a few fun things in the latest trailer, though, that I wanted to point out for you guys!
But first things first-check out that new trailer…
It looks so good, right?
The trailer includes a scene from the short film Dante’s Lunch. Dante’s Lunch was released online last March, and was created by the team at Pixar as test animation to help them flesh out Dante’s character. Dante is a Xolo dog—short for Xoloitzcuintli—the national dog of Mexico. The filmmakers even brought Xolos into the studio to help them with their research. Since this was part of the short, don’t be surprised if this scene isn’t in the final film.
We also get a better look at Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal. This includes a look at his signature walk, which was based on Dustin Hoffman’s character Ratso in the film Midnight Cowboy. I’ll be sharing more about how they brought the skeletons to life in Coco next month, so check back on October 2nd.
We’ve already gotten a pretty good look in previous trailers at Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt, in the Land of the Living. The newest trailer and poster share a first look at him in the Land of the Dead as well.
We also get a look at Pepita and another alebrije in the Land of the Dead. Alebrijes are a form of Mexican folk art that are given a special role in the film Coco. I’ll be back with more information on the alabrijes and how they’re featured in Coco on October 17th.
Now let’s take a closer look at the newest poster. You can see the Land of the Living on the left side of the poster, and the Land of the Dead on the right.
On the right, in addition to Miguel and Dante, we see Mamá Coco. If you look closer, you’ll see that she’s holding the family photo that’s featured in the trailer. Just beside Mamá Coco’s elbow you’ll see a little boy, who I believe is “corn boy”. You’ll also see other members of Miguel’s family in the background.
— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) March 30, 2017
On the left, you’ll see Hector, Ernesto de la Cruz and Mamá Imelda. And mirroring Mamá Coco on the right, Mamá Imelda is also holding something of significance: a marigold petal. We originally saw her holding the petal out to Miguel in the first official trailer, and a slightly different scene with her and the petal is shown in the latest trailer. Deceased members of Miguel’s family can be seen in the background. In the upper right-hand corner, we get another look at the alebrije, Pepita, flying through the land of the dead.
Finally, you’ll notice that the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead are connected in the poster by the marigold bridge, which has been seen in all three trailers.
I have tons more to share over the coming weeks about the making of Coco. Make sure you follow along with all of the #PixarCocoEvent coverage!
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. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.