MUSIC IS BANNED FROM THE HOUSE
For three or four generations Miguel’s family has banned music from the home and life due to his great-great-grandfather leaving the family to pursue music. Due to his leaving his wife decides to learn how to make shoes and made that her business. She passes the skill and knowledge to her daughter and son-in-law and grandkids. Each generation learned to make shoes. But Miguel doesn’t want to learn. He wants to play music like the late great Señor Ernesto de la Cruz.
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AND THE BREAK-IN
On El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Miguel is determined to enter into the talent show. On this particular night, Miguel breaks into the de la Cruz’s mausoleum and barrow (steals) his guitar. When he strums the guitar he seems to go invisible to everyone around him. Fear causes him to run. And as he’s running, he falls into an open grave. But he’s helped out by a female skeleton. He also runs into other skeletons that turn out to be his ancestors. But because he stole the guitar from a dead person his ancestors can’t cross over the bridge into the celebration until he gets their blessing, which he does.
This blessing allows him to go back to his world. Wanting to get to de la Cruz Miguel steals (or barrows) the guitar again as to enter the land of the dead. Here he meets Hector who claims he can help him get to de al Cruz. But being a living being in the Land of the Dead causes an issue for Miguel that Hector can fix and thus the adventure begins. Not only for Miguel but for the viewer.
Coco (Unkrich, Molina 2017) is rich in color, animation and storytelling as only Pixar can do. And as with any Pixar movie there’s always a story within a story and maybe another story to be had.
Coco is currently streaming on Disney+