Coco, Disney · Pixar’s latest film, premiered on Wednesday night at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. The event featured a pre-screening performance from a mariachi band and a pre-party.
A theme throughout the night was the Latino heritage and Mexican pride displayed by the creators and voices behind the animated film. The movie has received praise for its respectful portrayal of the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos and its all-Latino cast.
Director Lee Unkrich claimed, “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have an all-Latino cast… we wanted a film that wouldn’t have any cliches or stereotypes and that would be as respectful as possible.”
Many of the film’s stars expressed how well the film portrays the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and the importance of the holiday. Natalia Cordova-Buckley stated, “Dia de los Muertos is so universal… it might sound like only a Mexican tradition, but to be proud of the people who came before you is something that all cultures and faiths can relate to.”
Edward James Olmos, the voice of Chicharron, also said, “This is all about remembering who you are and where you come from.”
Gael Garcia Bernal, the voice of Hector, addressed the current political climate while discussing the movie. Bernal stated, “I want to dedicate this film to all the children who have ancestors from Mexico and Latin America. In this moment, these kids are growing up with a lot of fear… and need to be empowered to stand up” in response to how he believes President Trump is depicting Mexican Americans.
Coco follows Miguel, a young Mexican boy who disobeys his parents and pursues his passion for becoming a musician, which creates a chain reaction that leads him into the Land of the Dead.
The film, along with the short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”, hits theaters on November 22nd, 2017.