Pixar’s Coco embraces Latino Culture and Celebrates Las Dias De Los Muertos


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Andrea Hernandez, Santa Fe Staff Writer

Pixar’s newest movie, Coco, has earned the title as “Best Animated Motion Picture” at the 2018 Golden Globes award. It was a great achievement and a remarkable movement for Latinos in the movie industry. Pixar’s Coco is an animated film based on the well-known Latino tradition, Las Dias de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). It is a 2-day celebration where families remember and honor their deceased loved ones.

Coco centers on a 12 year old aspiring musician, Miguel Rivera, played by Anthony Gonzalez. His past family generations, have forbidden playing or hearing music due to Rivera’s great-great grandfather who has left his family behind for a music career. Miguel decides to rebel against his family’s wishes on Las Dias de los Muertos and discovers himself entering The Land of the Dead among his dead ancestors and actually meeting his great-great grandfather.

The cast of Coco has played a huge role in making the movie more in depth on Latino culture. Latinos can relate to the message presented in the movie. There are very few movies that represent Latinos/hispanics as a whole and I think it is special that Pixar is becoming more diverse within variety of cultures.

Coco also touched on symbolism of the Latino Culture. Miguel’s closest friend, Dante, is a homeless Xoloitzcuintli dog and is often referred to as a hairless dog. The indigenous people believed that the Xolos protected the dead as they are coming from the underworld and were viewed as protectors and guardians.

Cempasuchiles (Marigolds) appeared on the bridge of Coco’s Land of the Dead and alters. It is believed that their powerful smell and color could guide the dead to their alters to visit their family. Marigolds often represent the fragility of life.

Coco’s soundtrack has also become viral since the movie came out. There are 38 songs included in the tracklist and as well as additional bilingual songs, which reaches a larger and more diverse audience. Miguel embraces music and preforms top hits like “Un Poco Loco,” “Remember me” and “The World Es Mi Familia.”

I personally believe that Coco was the best movie I have ever seen. It definitely has moved me and the Latino community. There is a plot twist that stirs the pot even more, making the movie even more intriguing. I recommend it for others to see, although be prepared with extra tissues and mascara.