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  • COCO
  • USA: 2017
  • Cert: PG / 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Director: Lee Unkrich

‘Coco’ is a fantasy film by Pixar Animation Studios, produced in their trademark computer-animated style for Walt Disney Pictures. The story is set in Mexico and follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to the living and to reverse his family’s ban on music.

The film’s style draws heavily on the influences of the Mexican festival ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead), and the traditions associated with this annual celebration. ‘Coco’ was praised for its animation, voice acting, music, emotional story, and respect for Mexican culture: it won the BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for ‘Best Animated Film’.

Pixar’s animated movies have a wonderful blend of joy and pathos. They work just as well for adults as they do for children, and there are layers and layers waiting to be peeled back on every viewing. ‘Coco’ features some visually breath-taking moments, with a colour palette as vivid as any fiesta, and an infectious score that’s bursting with Latin American rhythms… and then, out of nowhere, the rug is pulled out from under your feet and you’re reaching for the tissues (remember crying at ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Up’? Well, this is just as harrowing!). This is without doubt the perfect family film.