“Great-great-grandfather, what am I supposed to do?” says 12-year-old Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez). He’s looking at his ancestor’s statue. “Our family thinks music is a curse, but I know you would tell me to follow my dream.” As his great-great-grandfather was, Miguel wants to be a famous musician. That’s the setup for this splendid, razzle-dazzle Pixar animated musical tale.
Will Miguel’s quest for his famous ancestor take him to the Land of the Dead? Will he meet his great-great-grandfather? Will you love this movie? I did.
Leading a large Hispanic voice cast are 13-year-old Anthony Gonzalez as charming and resourceful Miguel, Gael Garcia Bernal as Hector, Miguel’s melancholy trickster guide through the Land of the Dead, and Benjamin Bratt as 1940s famous movie-star singing cowboy Ernesto de la Cruz. Other voices in the Land of the Dead are Alanna Ubach, Edward James Olmos and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Mama Imelda, Chicharron and Frida Kahlo.
“Coco” is family memories, Latin music, extravagantly colorful characters and exhilarating animation. Like all great movies, “Coco” takes us to places we have never been — and, I suspect, are unlikely to forget. So take seriously the live-action trio of “Coco” filmmakers who speak to us before the main titles.
Co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, from a script co-written by Matthew Aldrich and Adrian Molina, “Coco” is rated PG for thematic elements and runs 109 minutes. For my money, “Coco” has the most emotionally satisfying ending I’ve seen in a long time. Enjoy, as well, a seasonal Pixar short, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”
Go, go and see soon “Coco,”
Razzle-dazzle Pixar flick —
Visual treat, lots of heart;
Bound to be an Oscar pick.