Update March 16, 2017
“Never underestimate the power of music.” First trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s COCO, opening November 22, 2017.
Update March 11, 2017
Second poster released for Disney•Pixar’s COCO, opening November 22, 2017.
Update December 27, 2016
In Disney•Pixar’s COCO, despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of 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 (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Original post from August 15, 2015 follows below
Disney•Pixar’s COCO was formally introduced at the 2015 D23 Expo. From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award-winning Toy Story 3, COCO is a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos. No release date was announced for the film. We’ll continue to update news on Disney•Pixar’s COCO as more information becomes available.
From Disney•Pixar’s Press Release
“As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.
“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.”
The story follows a 12 year old boy named Miguel following a centuries old mystery. Disney•Pixar’s COCO is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. While no release date was announced for Disney•Pixar’s COCO, it seems to be slotted after FINDING DORY (June 2016) and TOY STORY 4 (June 2017), perhaps November 2017.