Following much anticipation, the first teaser trailer for Disney•Pixar’s next animated film COCO has arrived. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), and co-directed by Adrian Molina, it hits US cinemas on 22 November 2017. It is expected to hit Australian shores in December.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Followers of the film’s production will no that it has not been without controversy. Originally titled Dia de los Meurtos, Disney came under fire from cultural groups when it tried to trademark the name of the largely Mexican holiday. The trailer shows Unkrich’s “love letter to Mexico,” wisely taking on-board vocal opponent Lalo Alcaraz as a cultural consultant.
Before COCO hits cinemas, Pixar will have Cars 3 as their summer flagship. However, it’s important to note that COCO represents Pixar’s first non-sequel since 2015’s underwhelming The Good Dinosaur, and we won’t see another non-sequel until at least 2020.