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How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Honors, Respects, and Celebrates Mexican Culture
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COCO Pixar

Pixar’s Coco explores themes of family, culture, and music through Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday which celebrates and honors family members who have passed on to the afterlife. In the film, Miguel (Anthony Gonzales) is prohibited from playing and listening to music. Despite that, he still strives to become a musician like his idol, Ernesto Del La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

We sat down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and crew of Coco, and what they hope the film can accomplish. Check out what they had to say below.

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‘Coco’ Trailer: Pixar’s Final Peek At Their Dia De Los Muertos Animated Film
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Pixar's Coco

Disney and Pixar have released the final spirited trailer for Coco, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina‘s computer animated film based on Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead when translated into English. The film is a celebration of the Mexican holiday which remembers those who have passed on to the afterlife.

Now with this final trailer, we are getting a better look at how Pixar’s latest honors diversity and culture. Check out the latest trailer below.

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‘Coco’: New Clip, TV Spot, and Featurette For Latest Pixar Movie Released
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Pixar's Coco

Disney•Pixar has released some new previews for their upcoming animated feature Coco.

These include a clip titled “Mariachi Plaza,” a TV spot titled “Every Pixar World,” and a featurette titled “Crafting Coco.” You can find more information on the movie and watch the videos below.

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‘Coco’ Trailer: Pixar’s Latest Is A Beautiful Bittersweet Symphony
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COCO Pixar

It’s almost hard to find a “bad” Pixar film. Even their weakest efforts have some very likable qualities, and almost every film is just gorgeous to look at. But when it comes to Coco, the animation studio has really outdone themselves. The latest trailer is full of vibrant colors and emotional musical pieces that really get at the heart of the film’s plot, which follows a young boy named Miguel who, desperate to become an accomplished musician like his idol, finds himself in the land of the dead during Mexico’s celebrated Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. A love for family and music sing true in what is obviously a love letter to Mexico.

Check out the full Coco trailer here below.

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Blu-ray Review: The Lion King: The Circle Of Life Edition
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The Lion King

The Lion King
The Circle Of Life Edition
Blu-ray | Digital
Walt Disney Signature Collection
Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Screenwriter: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton
Cast:
Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings
Distributor: Walt Disney Home Video
Release Date: August 29, 2017

Like a lot of Walt Disney animated films, The Lion King has stood the test of time in its own way. The celebrated piece is a powerful film that has beautiful animation, resonating themes, catchy songs, and plenty of charm to boot. It’s no wonder that it is among our favorite films. Now, The Lion King gets, yet another, re-release in “The Circle Of Life” edition as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Like many of these re-releases, this one is chock full of bonus extras that will have fans fall in love once more and introduce this lovely film to a new generation who may have never seen it before. Check out our review here below.

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D23 Expo 2017: Pixar’s ‘Coco’
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Coco

Pixar’s Coco will attempt to chart the world of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina, the movie centers on Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who is magically transported to the world of the undead, and joins trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

We’ve already seen two trailers, and now the studio has previewed some brand new footage just in time for this year’s D23 Expo. So if you are already pleased by what you have seen so far, get ready to get even more excited by the footage description. Check it all out below.

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Movie Review: Cars 3
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Cars 3

Cars 3
Director: Brian Fee
Screenwriters: Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich
Cast: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, Lea DeLaria
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG| 109 Minutes
Release Date: June 16, 2017

One of the things that continues to impress me about Pixar’s Cars franchise is its resiliency and heart. Though it is considered to be one of Pixar’s weakest franchises, it managed to become a trilogy. It may not resonate as much with fans as some other Pixar films do, but Cars has continually shown that it has what it takes to be great. Even if it that means it needed to take two “very safe” films to get there. So Cars 3 doesn’t take any huge risks, it takes an unconventional approach to possibly ending Lightning McQueen’s (Owen Wilson) story.

While that is a bit refreshing for the franchise, it does come with its own set of issues and concerns. All of it depends on how you look at it. Check out my full review below.

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‘Coco’ Trailer: Pixar’s Colorful Journey From The Afterlife To The Land Of The Living
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Coco

Following the news announcing an all-Latino cast for Pixar’s Coco, comes a brand new trailer that provides a more detailed look at the world that the animated studio has created.

From Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina, the movie centers on Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who is magically transported to the world of the undead, and joins trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Check out the trailer below.

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Full Cast For Disney•Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Revealed
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Pixar's Coco

The full list of voice talents for Disney•Pixar’s Coco has been revealed. The film, which has a strong emphasis on family ties and draws inspiration from Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), will follow a young boy who dreams of becoming like his late musical idol. Director Lee Unkrich says it was important for the film to have an all-Latino cast, and searched for the talent from Mexico and from Los Angeles. So the film is an appropriate reflection of the characters in the film.

Now he’s found that perfect cast. Find out more about them and the characters they play, plus what Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina had to say about the film and a new poster, below.

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Watch: New ‘Cars 3’ Trailer “Rivalry”
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Cars 3

We just saw a trailer for Pixar’s trilogy-maker Cars 3 a couple of weeks back, but a new trailer has been released this week.

The new trailer is titled “Rivalry,” and you can probably guess what it focuses on. It opens with the voice of the late, great Paul Newman, who voiced Doc Hudson in the original movie—the final character he ever played. Pixar had voice over he recorded for the first movie that was never used, so we’ll be hearing new stuff from Doc in the movie, likely in flashbacks or dream sequences of some sort. The trailer then shifts to Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the seemingly unbeatable racing star he’s up against, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).

Check out the latest trailer for Cars 3 below.

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