Posted November 23, 2017 by admin in Politics

Pixar’s Coco celebrates Mexico in times of Trump

With US-Mexican relations at their lowest point in recent memory, Disney Pixar has released Coco, a cinematic celebration of Mexico that its director said is an antidote to the “negativity” of the current political climate.

Set in Mexico against the backdrop of the country’s traditional Day of the Dead festival, the animated flick tells the story of a boy (Anthony Gonzalez) who inadvertently ends up in the land of the dead, taking him on a vivid tour of Mexican history and culture.

It also features the voices of Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt.


Director Lee Unkrich said that while the project did not start out being political, events conspired to make its setting particularly relevant.

“Certainly when we began making this movie six years ago, it was a very different political climate than we find ourselves in now,” he told a press conference in Mexico City.

“That being said, we are all proud of the film… It is a good thing that it is coming out now, because there’s been a lot of negativity in the world.”