Coco cel­e­brates fam­ily, legacy

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? In Coco, Dis­ney-Pixar’s colour­ful an­i­mated ad­ven­ture into the land of the dead, a story of fam­ily, mem­ory and legacy is hop­ing to not only cel­e­brate Mex­i­can cul­ture but to bridge the po­lit­i­cal gap be­tween the United States and Mex­ico. Coco fol­lows a boy named Miguel who ac­ci­den­tally finds him­self in the land of the dead dur­ing the Mex­i­can cel­e­bra­tions for Dia de los Muer­tos. As Miguel is re­united with his an­ces­tors, he learns how the mem­o­ries of the living help keep the lega­cies of the dead alive. Coco traces Miguel’s jour­ney to get bless­ings from his an­ces­tors and his re­turn to the land of the living, but he faces ob­sta­cles when his dead fam­ily refuse to sup­port his mu­si­cal am­bi­tions. Miguel finds an un­likely guide through the Land of the Dead in Hec­tor whose legacy is about to be for­got­ten once his last living rel­a­tive, his daugh­ter Coco, dies. The film is co-di­rected by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, who said they were care­ful to re­flect Mex­i­can cul­ture and be­liefs “in a story free of cliche and stereo­type,” and drew on the experiences of their Latino and Mex­i­can col­leagues. Ten­sions be­tween the US and Mex­ico have been high after US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump promised dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign to build a wall along the Mex­i­can bor­der.

A still from Coco

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