2017/Blu-Ray 2/ Digital HD/Mul
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Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
- Actors: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor
- Directors: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
In Disney/Pixar's vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael Garci a Bernal) becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family s stories and traditions.
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First, I love the movie, so if that's all you need to know, it's good and it's worth adding to your library. I'm an adult, and it's viewed in adult household, so if you're looking for a review about appropriateness for kids, this is not that. Coco is a beautiful story, beautifully told. There are a lot of other reviews and think pieces on this film available online and in the comments section here, and you should read them for something more in depth. For me, though, I loved it.
Second, the Spanish version is NOT included with this video, which is terrible and a pretty crazy oversight. For all of the energy Pixar put into being actively mindful of and including Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Chicanos, Latinx folks in the creation of this film, you'd think they would have included the highly praised Spanish dub of this movie. But, nope. So either capitalism won, and that version is forthcoming for additional $, or distribution didn't get the memo.
Third, as with other Amazon Videos, the extras are a giant pain, if you actually want to select one to watch. They stream automatically and continuously at the end of the film. Because it's a Pixar flick, there are a lot of extras and they're largely pretty great. I just wish you could actually choose from a menu--or at least get a list of what the extras are and the time at which they start so I could fast forward to one. If I can stream a movie, maybe it's also time to add chapter settings.
So that's it--really lovely, sweet, engaging movie without access to the Spanish version or easy, selective access to the Extras.
Unlike past Disney/Pixar movies I've seen, there are three layers of meaning integrated into this movie. The first layer is what every Disney story requires which are the characters, plot, visuals, settings etc. The second layer are the morals that Coco teaches, which any person watching the movie can learn from. These two alone are enough to call Coco a great Pixar movie in my opinion. However the third layer, which involves the integration of hispanic traditions and culture, is what makes this movie standout as special, memorable, and unique. As a Mexican-American, this movie holds a special place in my heart because so much of this movie feels real and familiar. From the family dynamic that Miguel shares with the family, to the chancla (sandal) smacking grandma, and especially because of the music, this movie feels saturated with Hispanic customs and way of life. It is obvious from the first scene to the last that Disney listened very well to their cultural advisors for this movie.
Being a Mexican-American, I've learned that various aspects of Life, Death, and Family are handled and understood differently between all ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures. Coco involves several scenes in a graveyard, shows relatives returning from the afterlife as skeletal versions of who they once were, and has Miguel racing against the clock to return to his family before dying. These are cinematic occurences which some may not want to watch or explain to their children. My suggestion for anyone who hasn't watched this movie and is not of a Central/South American background is to be prepared and be open minded. Though some parts of the movie could seem farfetched, myself along with all the Hispanic adults and children watching the movie in theatres were mesmerized to watch something you can identify with as a person and as a community. For many, this movie is all about seeing the world through another's eyes, and that's wonderful in itself.
Ultimately, Coco is a fantastic movie worthy of the Pixar/Disney brand which every family should enjoy. Prior to release, my two concerns with the movie was that it would be a heartless Pixar version of the Book of Life, and that Disney would take advantage and exploit the Hispanic culture in a distasteful way. I'm glad to say that besides focusing on music and honoring the Day of the Dead , similarities ended between the two movies. I enjoyed The Book of Life, and had low expectations for Coco in comparison. The truth is (no disrespect to the movie or the people who made it) The Book of Life is enjoyable and relatable, not a cultural staple. Although both movies treated one of the most important Mexican traditions with dignity and respect, Coco's heartwarming interpretation will become an unforgettable treasure in the Hispanic community for generations to come.
You can listen to the Moana soundtrack in Spanish, but you can't get this in a Spanish dub?
If you're looking for a Spanish version, Best Buy has it on the DVD/Blu-Ray release & it also includes a digital copy.
I refuse to down vote a good movie, regardless of the languages that are & aren't available, that being said... Amazon is missing on an entire potential market. (A target market to boot.)
Both play beautifully and both have the Spanish language track as well as English.
The animation is beautiful and the story is so sweet.