Disney•Pixar’s COCO November 22, 2017

Update January 12, 2018

In our review of Disney•Pixar’s COCO, Sarah Woloski gave thanks for a celebration of life, and the film went on to win the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture. Disney•Pixar’s “COCO” crosses over digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on February 13 and 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on February 27.

Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in COCO; and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of COCO and more.


Update November 25, 2017

Disney•Pixar’s COCO is playing everywhere and getting great reviews (click here for ours).  You may be thinking of your own family after seeing the film.  Use the links below to download a family tree and recipe cards to complete with your family. [Be patient, some of the files are large and may take a second to open in a separate tab.]

Create Your Own Family Tree

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Recipe Cards

Update November 22, 2017

In our spoiler-free movie review for Disney•Pixar’s COCO, Sarah Woloski gives thanks for another marvelous Disney•Pixar film.  Click here for our review of Disney•Pixar’s COCO – a celebration of life.

Update November 20, 2017

We learned at the press junket for Disney•Pixar’s COCO how much family played a part, not only in the messages of this film, but its creation.  Click here for the importance of Tu Familia by Sarah Woloski.

Update November 6, 2017

Final trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s COCO as well as a recipe for Mexican Pan de muerto (Spanish for bread of the dead) and hot cocoa just in time for Thanksgiving.

Click on the image below to download a larger version of the recipes.

COCO Pan de Muerto Recipe

Update October 18, 2017

The crew of Disney•Pixar’s COCO traveled to Mexico to research the culture, music, and stories for the film. Find out more about their depth of research in this video featurette.


MORE TAMALES — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Abuelita—Miguel’s loving grandmother—runs the Rivera household like Mamá Imelda did two generations before her. Their philosophy is simple: Work in the family shoemaking business, eat more tamales and, most importantly, “No music!” ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

And take a look at the first clip of Disney•Pixar’s COCO, opening in theatres this Thanksgiving (November 22nd).


NO MUSIC – In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017, aspiring musician Miguel challenges his family’s generations-old ban on music, spending time with a local mariachi. But his grandmother Abuelita promptly puts a stop to it. “Coco” features Lombardo Boyar as the voice of the mariachi, Renée Victor as the voice of Abuelita and Anthony Gonzelez as the voice of Miguel. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Update September 21, 2017

Printable activity sheets for Disney•Pixar’s COCO, opening in theatres this Thanksgiving (November 22nd). Click on the links below for coloring pages, maze, and hexaflexagon. [Be patient, some of the files are large and may take a second to open in a separate tab.]

Disney•Pixar's COCO

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Hexaflexagon

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Miguel Coloring Sheet

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Hector Coloring Sheet

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Ernesto Coloring Sheet

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Dante Coloring Sheet 1

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Dante Coloring Sheet 2

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Maze

Update September 14, 2017

Beautiful visuals and music in the latest trailer and poster released for Disney•Pixar’s COCO opening  November 22, 2017.

Disney•Pixar’s COCO

Update June 13, 2017

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s COCO on November 22, 2017. Take a look at the trailer for the 21-minute featurette.

“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s COCO,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22.


“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“Stevie and I were deeply honored to be entrusted by John [Lasseter] to create an all-new story with these characters we love,” said Deters. “We’re thrilled to have our film play on the big screen with COCO during the holidays.”

“We loved getting in the recording booth with these incredible actors who know their characters inside and out,” added Wermers-Skelton. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the featurette, enjoy their performances, and hear the incredible new songs written by Elyssa and Kate.”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when “Frozen” first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy- and Oscar-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

The World Premiere Of Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Frozen"

Musicians Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez with their children Annie and Katie at the World Premiere Disney’s’ FROZEN at El Capitan Theatre. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage

Update June 8, 2017

The latest trailer for Disney•Pixar’s COCO shares a deeper look at the Land of the Dead, and the family 12-year-old Miguel meets there during his journey.

Update June 6, 2017

Additional poster released for Disney•Pixar’s COCO along with cast and character details, opening November 22, 2017.  COCO will feature generations of characters and an all-Latino voice cast.

Disney•Pixar’s COCO


  • ANTHONY GONZALEZ (“Ice Box,” TNT’s “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 MURGUÍA (Amazon’s “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.
  • RENÉE 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 (CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor,” “Secret Lives of Pets”) is the voice of PAPÁ, Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.
  • SOFÍA 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 “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,” TNT’s “Murder in the First”) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.
Disney•Pixar’s COCO

FAMILY REUNION — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead where he meets his late family members, who are determined to help him find his way home. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


  • GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL (Amazon’s “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 (FOX’s “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,” Bravo’s “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,” director “A Walk in the Clouds”) 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,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.”
  • CHEECH MARIN (“Cars 3,” “Tin Cup,” CBS’ “Nash Bridges”) 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.

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.

Disney•Pixar’s COCO

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.

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco”

ASPIRING MUSICIAN — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” when Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) strums his idol’s guitar, he sets off a mysterious chain of events. ©2016 Disney•Pixar

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco”

FAMILY TIES — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


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.


DARLA ANDERSON and LEE UNKRICH at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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.


DARLA ANDERSON and LEE UNKRICH at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

“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.”


DARLA ANDERSON and LEE UNKRICH at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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.

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