If you absolutely loved the Coco teaser trailer that Disney•Pixar gave us a look at earlier this month, you probably noticed that Miguel, the main character of Coco, also has an adorable dog named Dante. Today, Disney•Pixar’s Coco is presenting “Dante’s Lunch: A Short Tail,” which you can see exclusively on Yahoo Movies. Take a look at the video here:
In the beautiful video, we see Dante chasing after a bone that seems to have a mind of its own. We get a look at the town that he and Miguel live in, along with the townspeople. As Dante gets into various shenanigans trying to keep up with the bone he has been chasing, he eventually ends up right in front of a skeleton, who delicately takes the bone from Dante, and replaces it into his skeleton arm. Dante is not phased by this, as he immediately attaches himself to the skeleton, who walks away with Dante on his ankle. It’s so endearing, and adorable!
According to the Yahoo Movies exclusive article, director Lee Unkrich and team created “Dante’s Lunch: A Short Tail” early in the Coco animation process so that they could get a better sense of Dante’s character. Dante, by the way is a Xolo, also known as a Mexican hairless dog. Unkrich loved how the film came out, so they decided to release it for fans!
If you haven’t heard yet, Coco will tell the story of a young boy named Miguel (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) and his journey to learn more about past, and his musician idol, Ernesto De La Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt.) From what we’ve seen in the teaser trailer, the movie will be absolutely breathtaking!
We also learned from Yahoo Movies that part of the research process for Coco involved playing with dogs! Sign us up for that job! During a trip to Mexico, Unkrich and team fell in love with the national dog, the Xolo, and that’s where the idea for Dante began. He also explained that the ancient breed is prone to losing their teeth, which causes their tongues to hang out of the sides of their mouths, thus why Dante is sporting that adorable look!
Unkrich also elaborated to Yahoo Movies on the inspiration the film takes from Dia de Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, with the following:
“I liken it to a big yearly family reunion that kind of spans the gap between the living and the dead, and there’s something really beautiful about that notion of not having to say goodbye to anyone and knowing that they’re going to be back every year. I fell in love with the people — I fell in love with this beautiful celebration and how it’s celebrated here in the United States and down in Mexico. We ended up embracing the celebration a thousand percent in the kind of story that we told. I didn’t want to feel like we were just kind of grafting any old story into that world, so we’ve crafted a story that really could only take place during Dia de Muertos.”
When asked if Coco would make audiences emotional, Unkrich replied:
“Well, we’re still making it, so it remains to be seen! But my favorite movies are movies that give you a full range of experiences and feelings as you watch them. I love movies that are funny and scary and truly emotional all in one film, and I don’t feel like I see movies like that a lot. [Coco] is funny, it’s scary at times, and it’s definitely emotional.”
We are already feeling emotional after seeing “Dante’s Lunch: A Short Tail” and we completely adore Dante! We can’t wait to see Coco on November 22.