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Disney’s Pixar have just released their newest edition Coco in the UK. With previews running this weekend, BFI Southbank ran a special screening with a Q&A session at the end, featuring the directors of the film Darla K. Anderson and Lee Unkrich. Not being the biggest fan of Pixar, this film blew me away.
The art in this film is stunning and not something we’ve seen in previous Pixar films which, made it inspiring to watch. The story is set in Mexico and is based on the Day Of The Dead which, is a tradition going back centuries. The Directors told us that they had to do a lot of research about this tradition, with trips to Mexico and asking the locals about how they celebrate this particular festival.
When watching Coco, you can tell a lot of time and effort went into the story. Based in another land, the Land of The Dead, the Directors had to use their imaginations to picture what this world would look like, making it a really creative project to work on and this is where Pixar works well. A theme featured heavily throughout the film is music, with Miguel wanting to become a Musician following in his Ancestors footsteps. The music in this film is very uplifting and authentic. As always there were hints to other Disney films I didn’t manage to spot any but, they told us during the Q&A that there were links to The Incredibles 2, Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. I’ll let you spot these.
It’s great to see a new film release being heavily featured in Disney theme parks. Like Disneyland Paris for example, in Frontierland you could find a puppet of Miguel who you could meet and, a Mariachi Band by the Restaurant Fuente Del Oro Restaurante. The decorating was a fantastic edition to the area and I appreciate it so much more now that I’ve seen this beautiful film.
The Q&A experiences really help you learn more about the film first hand. Let’s hope they continue to have these for future film releases.