The 'Coco' Trailer Reveals Pixar's Vibrant Take On Day Of The Dead

Meet Miguel as he discovers the Land of the Dead.

The trailer for Pixar’s “Coco” has been released and it’s a marigold-filled treat.

Director Lee Unkrich revealed in December that the film would tell the story of 12-year-old Miguel as he pursues his love for music, which his family has banned for generations.

In the trailer, released Wednesday, Miguel sits in front of a Day of the Dead altar for his late musical idol Ernesto de la Cruz. He watches a tape of de la Cruz performing and stares in admiration as the musician says, “I have to sing. I have to play. The music, it’s not just in me, it is me.” 

The screen then goes dark and text appears reading: “We are all a part ... of those who came before.” Miguel then seems to discover that he is in fact related to de la Cruz, and a visit to the star’s grave during Day of the Dead takes him on an unexpected adventure. 

In the film, Miguel accidentally enters the Land of the Dead. And the trailer offers only a small peek into how Pixar has imagined it to be. Marigold flowers, traditionally found on Day of the Dead altars, seem to be a big inspiration for the film’s visuals. 

“Coco,” which is set to be released in November, will star Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel, Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto de la Cruz, Gael García Bernal as a trickster named Hector and Renée Victor as Miguel’s grandmother.

“It was important to us from day one that we had an all-Latino cast,” Unkrich told Entertainment Weekly last year. “It focused us, and we ended up with a fantastic mix of people — some from Mexico and some from Los Angeles.”

Watch the full “Coco” trailer above. 



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