Disney•Pixar has released a teaser trailer for Coco, the animation studio’s long-awaited Dia de los Muertos movie.
The movie is directed by Lee Unkrich, who won an Oscar for his work directing Toy Story 3 and who also co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo. Adrian Molina co-directs. Starring is newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt (Doctor Strange, Despicable Me 2), Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Amores Perros), and Renée Victor (Weeds, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones).
Check out the first trailer for Pixar’s Coco below.
Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel, who resides in a lively, loud Mexican village but comes from a family of shoemakers that may be the town’s only music-hating household. For generations, the Riveras have banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it; as their family history goes, Miguel’s great-great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s great-great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of the now-thriving Rivera line and declare music dead to the family forever.
But Miguel harbors a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Bratt). It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.
In the beautiful underworld, it’s not long until Miguel encounters the souls of his own family — generations’ worth of long-dead but no less vivacious Rivera ancestors, including great-grandmother Imelda. Still, given the opportunity to roam around the Land of the Dead, Miguel decides to track down De la Cruz himself. He teams up with another friendly (and skeletal) spirit — a trickster named Hector, voiced by Bernal — to find De la Cruz, earn his family’s blessing to perform, and return to the Land of the Living before time runs out.
Coco is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 22nd.