BRIAN VINER says Coco is another Pixar triumph,



    I was worrying about Coco since it took an extra three months to come to the UK after opening in America.

    I thought this was because it might have been a bad movie. But I’m glad to say that Coco looks and sounds amazing.

    A young boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) lives in a family where music has been banned for decades. However, Miguel loves music, and especially famous singer Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt).

    When he discovers clues that Ernesto could be a relative, he finds and plays his old guitar and gets mystically transported to the land of the dead.

    He and his comedy dog Dante team up with a skeleton named Hector (Gael García Bernal) to find Ernesto and get his blessing, so he can return to the land of the living before sunrise.

    I love everything about this movie, especially the Mexican culture. The famous Disney castle intro with a mariachi cover of the fanfare was a great surprise, and the start of the movie, setting up the back story using paper banners (a bit like Maui’s moving tattoos in Moana,) was beautiful to look at. And the spirit guides are so colourful.

    The idea of making a movie of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is similar to The Book Of Life, which came out three years ago, but the films are very different.

    The soundtrack for Coco is one of Pixar’s best, with Remember Me and Un Poco Loco my favourite songs.

    The animation is also impressive. Pixar can make things look very real with their technology, and they show it off with stuff like water and trees, but they always make the main characters look cartoony, which I like a lot.

    This is also one of the most emotional stories I’ve seen in a few years, and I was doing nothing but crying for the last 20 minutes.

    Coco is one of my favourite Pixar movies ever, and I definitely want to see it again.

    Ellis Barnes-Church, 13