Seven years ago, Lee Unkrich made his solo feature debut as a director on Toy Story 3, Pixar’s most successful film at the global box office to date. Now he’s back behind the camera with this year’s anticipated new animated film, Coco.
Unkrich pitched an idea for the film seven years ago, and now it’s finally a reality. Inspired by Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead, the film looks like it could be this year’s Moana. And Disney clearly thinks the same, because they’ve given it the exact same release strategy in the US and the UK.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (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 (Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Newcomer Anthony Gonzalez lends his voice as the young lead, Miguel. He shares the recording booth with Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, and Renee Victor. The rest of the voice cast is still to be announced.
Unkrich, who served as co-director on Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc., has a co-director here in the form of Adrian Molina, who’s worked in various capacities on the likes of The Good Dinosaur, Monsters University, and Ratatouille. Molina also wrote Coco’s script.
Coco hits cinemas in 2D and 3D on Wednesday November 22nd in the US, over the Thanksgiving weekend. It follows two weeks later in the UK on December 8th.