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When the first teaser for Coco came out, a lot of people, including myself, were quick to accuse it of being a watered-down TBoL ripoff. And when criticisms from Latinx communities of it trying to trademark the phrase “Día de los Muertos“ arise, as well as rumors popping up of Disney turning down Jorge Gutiérrez’s pitch for TBoL, we all used it as more reasons to justify our initial skepticism towards the movie.

But then the rumors were debunked. Jorge Gutiérrez already explained that he never pitched TBoL to Disney, and that he supports Coco and its crew. Also, Pixar listened to the criticisms and took it to heart and made changes, and even hired some of the critics as consultants for the movie.

And while the initial teaser was pretty underwhelming, it’s also, y’know, a teaser. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the final product. We shouldn’t make conclusions based on two minutes of footage. Hell, there have been new trailers and promotional footage that serves as better representations of the final product.

As someone who has watched it, I can safely say that it is the most beautiful Pixar movie in recent years.

The one understandable reason to not watch this movie is the John Lasseter allegations. I get that. If I hadn’t already reserved the ticket days in advance, I would also be hesitant about supporting it.

If you’ve decided to never watch a Pixar or Disney animated movie until Lasseter is completely out of the company, I’m not gonna tell you to watch this movie. But if you’re willing to make one exception, at least make it Coco. It’s definitely more culturally significant than Incredibles 2 or the Wreck-it-Ralph sequel.

So don’t look at what you did, this melted gelato–

Aah thanksgiving wasn’t the greatest but at least I got time off from work to draw this! retail so far has been a lot better than fast food but it just sucks a lot of energy out of me, sorry for being inactive lately! x-x;

Mexican Celebrities Cameos in Coco. Part 1.

Many of them are cameos of beloved Mexican celebrities and I’m going to cover some of them:

Pedro Infante:

Pedro Infante, was a Mexican actor and singer. Hailed as one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, he is considered an idol of the Latin American people, together with Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís, who were styled as the Tres Gallos Mexicanos

Jorge Negrete:

The first nationally famous ranchera singer, Jorge Negrete appeared in three dozen films and recorded almost 200 songs during the 1930s, ‘40s, and early ‘50s, before dying at the height of his career.

El Santo:

El Santo, or in English The Saint, was a Mexican Luchador enmascarado (Spanish for masked professional wrestler), film actor, and folk icon.

María Felix

María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña was a Mexican film actress and singer. She was considered one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

Coco is Breathtaking.

Oh my god, y’all. Coco is so good. The visual designs are stunning, the animation is inventive, and the story surpasses all other Pixar movies in recent years. I spent 90% of the movie smiling and 10% of it crying. I had high expectations and this movie went beyond them.

And yeah, everyone who said that this movie is different from TBoL is right; Coco explores different themes and ideas, and is a structurally different movie entirely. The only similarities are stuff that’s already part of the culture.

It’s definitely worth sitting through a 20 minute Frozen short.

“I am really looking forward to the movie CoCo. Seeing another movie centered around Hispanic culture is exciting and the Day of the Dead is a huge holiday. I just hope the main focus isn’t so similar to The Book of Life. Obviously there will be similarities- it’s about the same holiday. But I hope both movies can stand out on their own as amazing stories based around the same holiday.”