Coco filmmakers Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich have revealed a deleted musical opening number via USA Today that would have introduced viewers to the Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the beginning of the film.
Coco tells the story of young Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) and the journey he makes to the Land of the Dead. The film is full of memorable tunes such as ‘Remember Me’ which is up for Best Original Song at the 2018 Oscars. Coco is also up for Best Animated Movie. Coco was originally envisioned as a comlete musical with a lot more songs. Take a look below at the discarded opening that offered a quirky yet colorful introduction to Dia de los Muertos.
“This was in for a very long time, a number of years, before we changed it,” co-director/writer Adrian Molina says of the film’s original opener. It’s a lively scene that includes dancing skeletons and fireworks showcasing Dia de los Muertos as a day of celebration while remembering departed family members. “It’s not a time for being mournful, it’s not a time to bow your heads,” the chorus sings. “Because the fun has just begun, after you die a lot is done, the party’s anything but dead.”
Disney Pixar’s Coco will make its debut on digital HD platforms on February 13 and on Blu-ray/DVD on February 27.