I know where I will be this Thanksgiving. Where? Not stuffing myself with turkey instead I will be in my happy place at the theater of course! Why? Well I am a big Disney/ Pixar fan and the new animated film “Coco” is set to release on November 22. “Coco” is the story of a dreamer, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who wants nothing more than to be a musician. There is just one problem though, his family believes that music is a curse and does not allow any to exist in their life. Struggling to find his path to his dream, Miguel soon finds out that his great-grandmother Coco’s (Ana Ofelia Muguia, “Bandidas“, “Mozart in the Jungle“) father was none other than a very famous musician and his idol. Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt, “Fox’s Star“, “Doctor Strange“). Fueled by this fact Miguel finds his way into de la Cruz’s mausoleum and steals the famous troubadours instrument to use in a talent contest. With the strumming of that guitar Miguel and his street dog Dante are thrown into an adventure that leads them to the land of dead and on a journey to help his family break their supposed curse. While there he searches for a way to get home, to help his family and to find his long-lost hero aided of course by a comedic side kick named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal, “Babel“, “Mozart in the Jungle“). Will Miguel find his idol and learn the truth of his disappearance? Will Miguel find a way home before he is stuck in the land of the dead forever? “Coco” looks like a fun film and I certainly will be sitting in those theater seats with my salted pretzel bites and soda waiting to answer these questions.
“Coco” arrives in theaters at just the right time to ride the wave of holiday movies and looks to give us a fun-filled family film that has a lot of heart. Like all Pixar films “Coco” seems to not only deliver the good feels but a lot of laughter too. I think this movie looks like a great way to spend a few hours avoiding the drama of not only the world at large but the hectic chaos that is the most wonderful time of the year. I don’t know about you but that sound like something I can get in rhythm with, so if you are looking for a good laugh and a great family film from one of the studios that does it best then finish up that turkey dinner and head out to see what’s up with Pixar’s newest film “Coco“.