Coco: Movie Review

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Justin Peters, Student Journalist

Pixar. Just that one word alone instills miles and miles of imagination that talented animators and directors bring to life. Like, what did your toys do while you were away? Where do the monsters in your closet come from? These questions were answered in beautiful movies that shaped the face of computer-animated films.

“Coco,” Disney’s latest pixar film, is a simple story about a young boy named Miguel who wants to be a musician like his hero, Ernesto de la Cruz. He ends up in the Land of the Dead trying to get home with the help of a trickster named Héctor with a blessing from a secret family member. This movie is unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

Except, there is actually controversy behind this movie. The Internet went nuts when the first trailer for this movie came out. They thought this movie was ripping off an animated movie from 2014 called “The Book of Life” (TBoL). But, that movie is not remotely similar to “Coco.” TBol’s songs were all covers while “Coco’s” songs were all original. In addition, “Coco’s” animation is gorgeous while TBoL has cheap looking animation. Also, TBoL is a boring love story while “Coco” is a spectacle about love, family, and self-discovery. “Coco” is a brilliantly done animation that should be viewed independently not as an rip off of TBoL

Grade: A