It’s interesting to see how people around the world celebrates Halloween. Pixar’s Coco introduced views of Mexican culture and their celebration of the Day of the Dead. The film also reveals how important family is and the memories of loved ones that are no longer in the Land of the Living.
In Mexican culture. the Day of the Dead, honors family members that are alive and are no longer living. This is done by telling stories and creating an ofrenda or table for the dead. The table is covered with photos of those that have passed away to keep their memories alive. They believe that on Halloween those in the Land of the Dead visit the living sharing meals and their company before sunrise though can only visit if their picture is on the ofrenda.
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Coco is Miguel’s Grandmother and enforced her mother’s claim of no more music in the household turning the family’s business into making shoes. She is a kind and gentle woman listening to her Grandson’s ramblings and interactions. However, she is also protective of her family and well protect those she loves from harm being well known in the community for throwing shoes at those that upset her.
Miguel is a thirteen-year-old boy, who wants to be a musician despite music being banned in his house. He is the main protagonist in the film and learns music in secret by watching old videos of Emesto learning to play the guitar along the way. On Halloween Miguel strums the guitar that belonged to Emesto cursing him and forcing him to enter the Land of the Dead.
In the Land of the Dead, he must receive a blessing from his family before Sunrise before being a permanent member of the dead. Miguel is reckless and headstrong doing what it takes to get what he wants but also tries to find a way to respect his family and attain his dreams.
Emesto de la Cruz is a famous musician made famous by his unique songs having a museum and mausoleum created in his honor. He was partners with Hector until a falling out, resulting to the reasoning behind why Miguel’s family banned music in their home. He is vain and willing to do unlawful things to keep his fame alive not caring who he must hurt to gain it.
Hector is a down on his luck skeleton that is denied entry to the Land of the Dead, due to his picture not being on an ofrenda. He agrees to aid Miguel in his quest to meet Emesto if he takes his photo to the Land of the Living before his daughter forgets him. Knowing that if a spirit is no longer remembered in the Land of the Living they would disappear. Hector is a fun-loving man who loves his family and will do what he can to make others happy.
Pixar is known for their computer animation creating realistic backdrops and ensuring that the Mexican culture and history is explained throughout the movie. I would give this movie a six out of ten rating, due to the story’s lack of creativity and not having the characters fully developed. Despite the story taking place in Mexico, the main tale of a boy trying to balance his dreams with what his family wants has been done before. The music was entertaining, and the land of the dead reminded me of a never-ending party.
The movie is a great way to introduce children to a different culture and another way to celebrate Halloween. The Day od the Dead is a more family centered version of the holiday focusing on keeping those who have passed away in our memories. For even though they are no longer alive. if we remember them they will never be truly forgotten.
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