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Coco and the Day of the Dead

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WE SAW COCO, the new movie from Disney and Pixar, yesterday evening right here on the mountaintop, in an old, renovated and lovely theater, once owned by my child bride’s uncle, on the small plaza.

Disney and Pixar Studies have hit the ball out of the soccer field with this one. It is wonderful, and you should not miss it.

The movie’s world debut was at our nearby state capital last month, and it opened across Mexico the following week. It became the highest-grossing movie in Mexican history, and it opened in the United States just a few days ago. The Mexican version is spoken in Spanish, of course, and I’m sure the American version is English for the Gringos.

The story is set around the Day of the Dead and the family of a boy of 12 who loves music. From what I have read, much research was done in Mexico to make the scenes architecturally realistic, and they succeeded in spades.

Coco does a beautiful job of reflecting elements of the Mexican culture, especially the almost obsessive fixation on family. And it’s a visual wonder.

It is not just for kids. Actually, I believe it’s more for grownups than for children. Head to the movie theater. It’s worth every peso you pay.

We both got weepy in a good way.

28 thoughts on “Coco and the Day of the Dead

    1. Ms.Shoes: We are humble people here at altitude, and prices must fit circumstances. Not only was it inexpensive, we didn’t have to sit through 15 minutes of high-volume commercials and previews beforehand. The lights went out, the movie came on.

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  1. I can’t wait to see it. I’ve been an admirer of Disney and Pixar on almost any and all of their animated movies. I’ve had to look at them several times with grandchildren. The animation itself is worth the price of the ticket but the trailers of Coco look fantastic especially since we’re so familiar with DOTD.

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    1. Carole: DOTD? Deal of the Day? Dept. of Transportation and Development? Ah, the Day of the Dead! You youngsters and your initials! LOL.

      Yep, you’re gonna love the movie. Get on down there.

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  2. Did it have Spanish subtitles? It’s showing here and it got rave reviews from the failing New York Times, but it’s showing in Spanish only. OK for me but not Stew. How did you follow what was going on? Or are images enough?

    al

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    1. Señor Lanier: One of the beauties of animations is that they are dubbed from the get-go. Ours was in Spanish. How did I follow what was going on? By listening to the dialogue, of course. You forget that I am a card-carrying Mexicano, amigo.

      A fellow was touting the movie a couple of days ago on a local Yahoo forum that caters to the Gringos in my area. He said that even if you don’t speak Spanish, it’s worth seeing and that one can likely make out what’s going on. I’m not sure that’s accurate, but it is a visual feast nonetheless.

      You shouldn’t miss it due to Stew. Drag him along. He’ll enjoy it, but you’ll enjoy it more.

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    1. Ray: Not a single princess in sight. Lots of Mexicans, however, especially dead ones in skeletal form. Lots of cemeteries and a spectacular walkway in the sky, made of marigolds, all the way to Heaven, and it’s not a Heaven the Baptist Church would recognize. Great movie. You’d like it, and it’s one of those things better seen in the big screen of a theater instead of a smaller screen at home.

      Trust me on this.

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      1. Concerning Heaven (since you brought it up), the Bible has very little to say about Heaven, other than a glimpse in the book of Revelation. Jesus gave it only a few mentions, but they were not in detail.

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      2. I scorned this movie from the first time I saw some trailers. I would have sworn that you would have also. But now, reading your blog, I am swayed to go see it. One of your lines that has convinced me was “We both got weepy in a good way.”

        That is something I never could have imagined.

        Saludos,
        Don Cuevas

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        1. Don Cuevas: You underestimate me, or overestimate me. Go see it. It will be at the Plaza Chica theater every day, except Monday and Tuesday, through next Thursday. Hours are noon, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM, & 8:00 PM. And it will set you back a hefty 30 pesos each.

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            1. Don Cuevas: We’ve decided to see it again, but not mañana because we’ll be in the state capital. It will be Wednesday or Thursday.

              We passed by the theater this evening just before the 8 p.m. showing. There was a long line down the block. There also was a long line down the block when we saw the movie. Don’t be put off by that. The line is people waiting for the theater to open. They already have their tickets. There is no line at the box office. Just buy your tickets and get in the long line. When the theater doors are opened, everyone files in quickly, and there are more than enough seats available.

              You’re gonna like it.

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  3. You are correct about this movie, señor. Excellent in many respects. We saw it last night in our little TX town. The theater was full of Hispanics with many children and a few old Gringos like us. I am not always a Disney fan. This is an exception.

    Now looking for a place near us to view this in Spanish.

    By the way, I know Baptists who would be happy with that view of heaven. Saludos.

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    1. Ricardo: I told you so! I told you so! I suspect that if you want to see it in Spanish, you’ll have to drive south over the border. I cannot imagine it’s available in any U.S. theater in Spanish. It will give you an excuse to visit God’s Country.

      So you think a heaven packed only with Mexicans would be a good version? Maybe. Maybe not.

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  4. Thanks for the review. I need a feel-good movie to see. When I think of the word, coco, I think of a Native American lad I knew who lived in Cocodrie, Louisiana. He was my student and like a son in some ways. He gave me ‘gator teeth as tokens of our affection. He was the color of coconut. I think I wil see the flick.

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