We’ve just been dazzled from D23 Expo with more details about Coco and a live performance from Coco stars Benjamin Bratt (who voices musical legend Ernesto de la Cruz in the film) and Anthony Gonzalez (who voices leading character Miguel.) Together they sang “Remember Me,” an inspiring song written by the dynamic musical team from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The performance came at the end of an incredible presentation from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and it was epic on so many levels. Here’s what we loved and learned:
Bratt and Gonzalez sounded AMAZING together.
SO. GOOD. We can’t express our love for their performance enough.
The song “Remember Me”!
If the music and lyrics of “Remember Me” are any indication of how amazing and moving Coco and it’s story and characters will be, then we are all in for an exciting treat this November. Apparently “Remember Me” is a signature song in the movie and is made famous by Bratt’s character, Ernesto de la Cruz. Director Lee Unkrich says the song “embodies the key theme in our story: the importance of remembering loved ones both in life and beyond.” We love that.
The dancers–there were 160 of them!
During “Remember Me”, 160 dancers descended upon Hall D23 and our lives will basically never be the same because their entrance gave us major chills. Featuring Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles under the direction of Kareli Montoya, as well as the Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, the dancing was epic. (We can’t say this word enough!)
We saw an amazing new still from Coco!
Isn’t it beautiful? Pictured here from left to right are characters Hector (voiced by Gael García Bernal) and Miguel (he’s so adorable!). We can already tell that the visuals in this film will be breathtaking. Look at those gorgeous colors! It’s magical.
We’ve learned more about Coco’s story.
Thanks to director Lee Unkrich, co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, and producer Darla K. Anderson, we’ve learned more about Coco’s story, and it sounds intriguing! Coco will introduce us to a boy named Miguel who aspires to be a musician. However, his family has long since banned music! When Miguel tries to follow his dream to become a musician like the famous Ernesto de la Cruz, he somehow finds himself in the Land of the Dead! There he meets his extended family and a charming trickster named Hector. Together they go on an extraordinary journey to discover the real story of Miguel’s family history. We can’t wait to learn more!
Coco will feature an original score from the Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (UP, Rogue One) and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and Molina. Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound is musical consultant.
It was an inspiring afternoon for everyone at D23 Expo. Coco will come to theaters this November 22 and we’re literally counting down the days.