When it comes to animated films, Pixar has rarely suffered a misstep and the wonderfully animated adventure Coco is proof of that.
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University) Coco revolves around a young boy named Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who loves music. However despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).
Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel inadvertently finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Despite some similarities between The Book of Life (which is also good by the way) Coco once again breaks new ground for Pixar. Although it’s surrounded by the concept of death and the afterlife, the visuals of this animated film is full of life and colour.
In typical Pixar fashion, there is also ample character development and a story/life lesson to be told. Although some of the subject matters surround tragedy, the story nevertheless shines through and it’s not only enjoyable but fun at the same time. The twist towards the end will also help break out those tears, so do have a packet of tissues on standby for this one.
If there was one gripe though, it had to be the hot mess that is Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which is screened prior to the film. Disney shorts are often cool and fun, but this drawn out 30-minute mini-musical is just uncomfortably long.
Clocking at almost 30 minutes long, the holiday short, more or less wears out its welcome by the halfway point. Frankly with such bad reviews, Disney will have to work doubly hard for Frozen 2 when it comes out next year.
As for Coco, this is one animated adventure that’s worth a trip to the cinema to watch. Feel free to go in a little later when the doors to the cinema open though, because frankly you can give Olaf and friends a miss altogether.
Popcorn Rating: Fresh & Delicious