Pixar Tackles Dia de los Muertos

2:48 PM Joseph Aberl 0 Comments

Dia de los Muertos, or The Day oft he Dead, a famous Mexican holiday, has become a quite popular choice in animation to adpat, as it offers unique visuals and themes for a film to uncover. Not too long ago, The Book of Life, by 20th Century Fox, took a look at the holiday and it seems it won’t be the only one, as at the D23 Expo, Pixar has officially announced their take on the holiday with the film Coco.[1]

It seems this concept has already been in development since 2012, but just never got off the ground as originally intended. Now, it finally has found its footing with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich at the helm stating alongside producer Darla K. Anderson that “As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos. But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is a singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.”

According to them Coco will involve the Mexican holiday with: “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how family’s stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.” The story will focus on how a generations-old mystery lead to a rather surprising family reunion and as of now only states a fall 2017 release.

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