The Laughing Dead

The much-anticipated movie “Coco” is a Disney and Pixar animation directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina is now showing in some countries and will be shown to most countries by the last week of November. But even at this moment, it is now making a buzz in the one specific country, the Philippines, as a number of its animators are of Filipino blood and origin.

Coco movie

From the title itself, one may easily say it could be another “Moana” Story because of the coconuts. However, the trailers revealed that it wasn’t about the Samoans but rather, the creators aim to bring its audience into the colorful side of Mexican traditions. Then again, it got its audience giggling thinking perhaps, it is a sequel from the movie “The Book of Life” directed by Jorge R. Gutiérrez.

Both movies revolve around a journey of a living person into the world of the dead in a quest for something during the day of the dead or Día de Los Muertos in Mexico. However, one can never tell how each story unfolds. Some may say there is nothing new in this story as they all come with the same concept. But no, Coco offers a new and different quest for a boy, Miguel, to follow his passion for singing and playing guitar. This passion is a skeleton in his closet because of their family’s mysterious generations ban on music. Something very strange and heartbreaking hinders Miguel from following his dreams and be well known in the music industry just like Ernesto de la Cruz, his most respected music artist.

What seems to be an unbreakable rule, Miguel tossed his fate from a family of a shoemaker to follow his passion in music by accidentally setting himself up into a series of mysterious events in a journey to the world of the dead. In the journey, Miguel together with his living dog meets Hector, a charismatic cheater who needs a living person like Miguel to visit the land of the living and they went off to journey in search of answer about the music ban of Miguel’s family history. Miguel who have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet his great ancestors who happen to understand the reason behind the music ban.

A passion for a family decision from his great great grandfather who is a musician, choose to leave his family leaving Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Mamá  Imelda to raise his great-grandmother, Mamá  Coco, alone. The thrill doesn’t end upon unearthing the reason behind music ban as Miguel and his dog should be able to return to the land of the living before the sun rises since this marks the end of Día de Los Muertos.

Will Miguel be able to return to the land of the living or locked up in the land of the dead? Will he be able to follow his dreams or altogether be a skeleton in the closet trapped behind unsuccessful journey?

Set your calendars for your family, friends, and loved ones and enjoy the awesome and amazing world of the dead with “Coco”. For those who are wary of going to the movies though, you can always have the option to rent it out online and watch it at the comfort of your home. Stay well!