We are close to having the next Pixar movie (Cars 3) arrive on our shores, so what should we do? View a trailer of the other movie coming out this year instead. While Cars 3 looks like an excellent and different film in the series, it’s Pixar’s original story of the year, Coco, that’s one to look out for. Not just because it takes us to a darker world than Pixar has ever gone to before, but because it also looks excellent.
I’m interested to see how Pixar’s young audience responds to this film that sees a 12-year-old Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) travel into the Land of the Dead in the hope of finding his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz and hopefully find out a little bit more about his family in the process. I love the aesthetic and brand of humour that Pixar shows here, but I’m aware that a lot of people would prefer their kids to not see skeletons and think of death, so it could prove a very interesting experiment for the studio.
Coco also stars a host of top Mexican voice talent which is also a big change for the studio, with Coming Soon revealing details of all the major characters we will see in the movie and the actors voicing them. It’s not the most immediately captivating cast list, but then Pixar have never relied on pure star power to get audience attention:
From the Land of the Living:
- Anthony Gonzalez (Ice Box, The Last Ship) lends his voice to MIGUEL, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his family’s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before it’s too late.
- Ana Ofelia Murguia (Mozart in the Jungle, Bandidas) voices Miguel’s cherished great-grandmother MAMÁ COCO. She is very old and fragile, but that doesn’t stop Miguel from sharing his daily adventures with her.
- Renee Victor (Weeds, The Apostle) provides the authoritative voice of ABUELITA, Miguel’s grandmother and the ultimate enforcer of the Rivera family’s ban on music. She loves her family very much and will do anything to protect them. But when she gets angry, she wields a mean slipper.
- Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin, Elena of Avalor) is the voice of PAPÁ, Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.
- Sofia Espinosa (Gloria) provides the voice of Miguel’s loving MAMÁ who gently encourages her son to embrace their family’s traditions.
- Luis Valdez (Which Way Is Up, director of La Bamba & Cisco Kid) is the voice of TÍO BERTO, Miguel’s uncle, a hard worker in the Rivera family shoemaking business.
- Lombardo Boyar (Happy Feet, Murder in the First) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.
From the Land of the Dead:
- Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) helps bring to life HECTOR, a charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.
- Benjamin Bratt (Star, Doctor Strange) is the voice of Miguel’s idol ERNESTO DE LA CRUZ, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.
- Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver) lends his voice to CHICHARRÓN, a curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten—an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.
- Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) provides the voice of MAMÁ IMELDA, Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets Mamá Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music
- Selene Luna (My Bloody Valentine, Celebrity Wife Swap) voices TÍA ROSITA, Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.
- Alfonso Arau (Three Amigos, director/producer Like Water for Chocolate) is the voice of PAPÁ JULIO, Miguel’s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead.
- Herbert Siguenza (Larry Crowne, Ben 10: Alien Swarm) lends his voice to both TÍO OSCAR and TÍO FELIPE, Miguel’s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead.
- Octavio Solis (Playwright Lydia, Santos & Santos) is the voice of an ARRIVAL AGENT in the Land of the Dead’s Grand Central Station.
- Gabriel Iglesias (Planes, The Nut Job) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.”
- Cheech Marin (Cars 3, Tin Cup) is the voice of a CORRECTIONS OFFICER in the Land of the Dead.
- Blanca Araceli (The Bridge) voices the EMCEE for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead
Coco is due for release on November 22nd of this year.
Last Updated: June 9, 2017