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New Frozen Featurette Will Play Before Coco

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Posted by Joanna • June 13, 2017

Disney and Pixar revealed today that instead of being paired with an original Pixar short, Coco will have a new Frozen featurette played before it – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. This is not the first spin-off from Disney’s ever-popular Frozen franchise, with the short Frozen Fever debuting alongside their live-action Cinderella in 2015. However, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be a whopping 21 minutes long.

It’s unusual that it’s being played before a Pixar movie, where original short films have become something of a tradition. A little disappointingly, this means we won’t be seeing another brand new short created by Pixar Studios this November when Coco is released – all the more reason to get excited for LOU which will be playing before Cars 3 in just 3 days in North American theatres!

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Get connected to the newest Coco trailer!

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Posted by Simoa • June 7, 2017

“No living person has ever visited their world. Until now.”

This is the story of young Miguel, who journeys to the land of the dead in Lee Unkrich’s Coco. The newest trailer for the film debuted today, and in Pixar’s usual custom, packs a lot of story and detail in less than two minutes. Although new information hasn’t been revealed and some earlier footage is recycled, we are treated to a glimpse of Miguel’s family and a possible connection to his singing idol, Ernesto De La Cruz.

The gags in the trailer are fairly typical, but Pixar usually saves the juiciest and funniest moments for later ones. So we can expect tons of new character appearances (like Miguel’s guide in the spirit world, Hector) closer to the release date. As always, the world of Coco looks to be one of Pixar’s most ambitious and immersive yet! The sets created for the land of the dead are simply breathtaking.

We’ll be eagerly awaiting more photos, posters, and trailers as Coco‘s November 22nd release date draws near.

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Pixar reveals an all-Latino cast for Coco (and a new poster!)

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Posted by Joanna • June 6, 2017

Along with a beautiful new poster, Pixar released details today of the large cast of characters that we can look forward to seeing in Coco later this year, all voiced by actors of Latino descent (including Gabriel Iglesias, Renée Victor, Sofía Espinosa, and Edward James Olmos). It’s worth remembering that Pixar put a lot of effort into making the cast of Brave entirely Scottish or of Scottish descent (save a few lines of dialogue, like the now-essential John Ratzenberger cameo), so it’s great to see them doing the same and more for Coco.

Information on the cast reveal can be found on Oh My Disney. 18 characters have been revealed, many of them relatives of the main character Miguel, so it seems like we might be seeing a big family reunion in the Land of the Dead. Even though each character is given just a brief description, this new information has really fleshed out the world in which Coco is taking place. We’ve learned that Miguel’s family comes from a long line of shoemakers, and the business was created by his great-great grandmother Mamá Imelda. “The matriarch of the Rivera family”, she is bound to be a strong, interesting character that I’m sure many of us are looking forward to meeting. It also seems like there might be a bit of tension between the musicians and the shoemakers in his extended family…

With Coco being released in under 6 months, we can definitely begin to look forward to seeing more trailers, teasers and posters. In fact, a new trailer is expected to land later this week! Director Lee Unkrich has posted pictures on Twitter of some of the voice actors – Gabriel Iglesias and Edward James Olmos – at Pixar Studios recording lines for the movie.

And the continued support from Jorge R. Gutierrez, the director of The Book of Life which also centred around Día de los Muertos, is still as heart-warming as ever.

Coco is set to release in North American theatres on November 22nd 2017.

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Dante’s Lunch – A Short Tail

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Posted by Simoa • March 29, 2017

Coco‘s gorgeously designed first poster debuted last month, featuring Miguel’s dog Dante. Now Dante is the star of a short film! The clip, which premiered today on Disney-Pixar’s YouTube channel, follows the dog as he chases a bone through the streets, leaving much chaos in his wake. The bone has a life of its own – and an owner!

Watch the clip above and get further immersed in this colorful, vibrant world.

 

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Watch The First Teaser Trailer for Coco!

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Posted by Nia • March 15, 2017

It’s here! Pixar’s love letter to Mexico! Today the studio released the first of many trailers for their upcoming Day of the Dead inspired film Coco. It is certainly fantastic being able to see these characters we’ve merely read about for months finally breathing with life.

From the first few seconds of the footage alone, it’s obvious this film is going to be spectacular in terms of character design, color, setting, and music.

We instantly bond with Miguel, a young aspiring guitarist, as he lights candles in remembrance for Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous Mexican actor and musician. It’s even later hinted that the famous personality might be Miguel’s father – which is fitting because it’s obvious Miguel has a natural talent after he mimics Cruz’s notes on the guitar.

In the trailer, we see how Miguel reaches the Land of the Dead and what this new world and characters within it will look like. We also get to see Dante, the Xolo dog, in action there – as playful as ever as he rolls around a bridge that appears to be constructed out of flower petals.

Suffice to say, we want more and can’t wait until the film is released on November 22nd.

P.S. We need to hear more of Ernesto de la Cruz’s music!!!

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Check Out The New Poster for Coco!

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Posted by Nia • March 13, 2017

Lee Unkrich, the director of Coco, released a brand new poster for the upcoming film on Friday:

The poster is colorful and heaps of fun, as it depicts one of the characters of the film, Dante – a hairless Mexican dog, otherwise known as a Xoloitzcuintle. It’s also hard not to notice the character being playfully pet by a skeleton whilst what appears to be glowing flower petals float away to the left.

And yes… you certainly read that correctly! We will finally be seeing a trailer for Unkrich’s second feature film THIS week. Seriously, we can hardly wait.

Coco is set to be released this November.

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A new, gorgeous Coco still

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Posted by Simoa • December 26, 2016

A great gift for Pixar fans on Christmas day was yet another image from Coco. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we also have some details on the newest still.

Coco (2017) Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez)

Without context, it appears that this is a crucial moment in the film, a victorious one of Miguel in his quest to pursue music which is forbidden by his family.

The lighting in this still is phenomenal. The light pouring in through the windows gives this image an ethereal quality, along with the gold dust. Is the dust a result of Miguel playing the guitar, or is it some sort of magical property? Or both?

From EW:

In the shot above, you’re catching Miguel in a beautiful, pivotal moment: He’s just committed a literal grave act and borrowed — just borrowed! — the guitar hanging in De La Cruz’s tomb. Unfortunately, it’s Dia de Muertos, and Miguel’s well-intentioned deed of grave robbery is badly-timed, and he’s about to be inadvertently sent to the Land of the Dead, where he’ll come face to face with the same great-great-relatives who banned music in his family.

Director Lee Unkrich also clarifies that Coco is not a traditional musical. And the final musical moment in Toy Story 3 actually helped to inspire this film!

Coco heads to theaters on November 22, 2017.

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Sweet music: new images and plot details revealed for Coco!

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Posted by Simoa • December 6, 2016

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Details about Pixar’s 2017 release Coco have been shrouded in mystery following its initial announcement in 2012. Director Lee Unkrich recently began to update his twitter feed with behind the scenes photos and announced that more news about the film would be forthcoming. And the newest plot details and artwork for Coco certainly do not disappoint.

What we’ve always known about the film is that it takes inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This latest update gives us a look at the film’s main character and the plot. Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez), is a 12 year old aspiring musician. Unfortunately for him, it’s a forbidden path due to his family’s hatred for music, which was banned by his great-great grandmother after his great-great grandfather abandoned the family for a music career.

How does the rich and splendid tradition of Dia de Los Muertos figure into this story? Miguel ends up in the Land of the Dead (quite by mistake) and meets all the of the Rivera family members that have gone before. His favorite singer is Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), in whose footsteps he wants to follow. But aside from admiring de la Cruz, as Entertainment Weekly reports, there’s also a connection between the famous singer and the young boy.

Joining the voice cast are Gael García Bernal as Hector, a skeletal spirit, and Renee Victor as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.

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Miguel and his great-grandmother, Mama Coco. Concept art by Kristoff Vergne and Sharon Calahan.

While this film will no doubt draw unfavorable comparisons to The Book of Life (2014), it’s worth remembering that Coco has been in production for years. And Jorge Gutierrez, director of Life, is excited and supports Coco!

Some might even be skeptical because Lee Unkrich isn’t Mexican, but co-director Adrien Molina is. Authenticity and respect are the highest priorities for Unkrich and his crew as they bring this story to life. A Vanity Fair article (be wary of spoilers!) delves into the impact the film will have and Pixar’s newfound commitment to telling inclusive stories. This will be the first full length Pixar film to feature a Latino lead, or nonwhite lead, period. Unkrich was intentional about the film’s all Latino cast, something that tends to be overlooked in mainstream animation. More encouraging still is the presence of Lalo Alcaraz as one of the film’s consultants. He’s a Chicano artist who strongly criticized Disney’s attempt to trademark Dia de Los Muertos. Pixar’s reputation for extensive research and nuanced storytelling should offer assurance, and audiences, particularly Mexicans, deserve nothing less.

As Unkrich notes:

“I knew from day one, when John Lasseter gave the okay, that we had an enormous responsibility to tell this story right and to not lapse into cliche or stereotype.”

As with “Sanjay’s Super Team”, Coco represents a bold new direction for Pixar. Regardless of race or background, anyone can be a Pixar hero.

Coco opens in theaters on November 22, 2017.

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Pixar at D23 (UPDATE: Toy Story Land)

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Posted by Simoa • August 15, 2015

D23 is this weekend, and there’s no shortage of awesome Pixar news! New logos, images, release dates, and synopses have been revealed for their upcoming slate, and the excitement for them has only increased. Without further ado, here’s all the brilliance fans were treated to.

“Riley’s First Date?” Pixar Animation Studios heads back inside the mind with an all-new short. “Riley’s First Date?” made its world premiere at D23 EXPO 2015. Director Josh Cooley, along with Inside Out filmmakers Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Jonas Rivera (Up), introduced the short, which revisits Riley, now 12, who is hanging out with her parents at home when potential trouble comes knocking. Mom’s and Dad’s Emotions find themselves forced to deal with “Riley’s First Date?” The short will be included as a bonus feature in the digital HD & Blu-ray releases of Disney·Pixar’s Inside Out, which will be available digitally Oct. 13 and on Blu-ray Nov. 3, 2015.

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Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was amplified when director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. In theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, The Good Dinosaur features Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home among a host of intimidating creatures.

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Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E), co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer WALL•E) offered new details of the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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And finally, Lee Unkrich’s Dia de Los Muertos film has a title, logo, and plot details!

Director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and producer Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Also worth noting that the protagonist of Coco is Miguel, a 12 year old Mexican boy, making him Pixar’s first Latino protagonist.

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image via pixaranimation on Instagram.

There’s also the clever, amazing logo for The Incredibles 2!

There is so much to look forward to, we don’t know where to begin. Check back in here for more updates on D23!

UPDATE: It was revealed yesterday that a new Pixar themed ride would be opening at the Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Guests get a toy sized view of the world, made to look like Andy’s backyard, with a Slinky Dog rollercoaster and other amazing attractions. Concept art for the new land appears below.

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It’s always a good time to be a Pixar fan, but now even more so!

 

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Will there be a Pixar musical?

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Posted by Simoa • February 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure.

But sites have been buzzing about the possibility of a Pixar musical after an interview Randy Newman gave for Classic FM, in which he mentioned that Lee Unkrich is currently working on a musical.

Immediately speculation arose about whether this musical was Unkrich’s untitled Dia de Los Muertos film (the Mexican holiday celebrating the dead, translated to Day of the Dead), which was announced in 2012. There haven’t been a lot of updates on the film since then, but that is to be expected as Pixar operates on a high level of secrecy concerning films in the pipeline. As this film doesn’t have a release date yet, it makes sense that not too much information or artwork has been revealed.

You can hear Newman at the 0:39 mark in the soundclip on Classic FM say: “He [Unkrich] isn’t gonna work with me again. He’s doing a musical now.”

Neither Unkrich nor Pixar have confirmed Newman’s comment, but we still have a long time to wait before we know whether his statement is accurate. What’s more telling about this interview is Newman’s assertion that he doesn’t get along with directors and that he may not work with Pixar again, as the byline for the article reads.

Randy Newman has scored and performed the music for a number of Pixar films, winning Oscars for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. and “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, which Unkrich directed. Newman remarked that he wasn’t keen on the temporary score he created for the film, but Unkrich fell in love with it.

Whether Lee Unkrich is working on a musical (and whether Randy Newman will no longer create lasting, memorable music for Pixar) remains to be seen.

But the idea of a Pixar musical is a tantalizing one. That’s a territory the studio has yet to cover, and would prove the studio’s willingness to experiment with the new. Of course a Pixar musical would also invite the possible unfair comparisons to its parent company Disney. And if Lee Unkrich’s day of the dead film is the musical in question, it would certainly invite comparisons to Reel FX’s The Book of Life.

We can be sure nonetheless that the film will be bold and intriguing no matter what direction it’s taken in.

Are you for or against Pixar releasing a musical?

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