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  • The film was originally titled "D?a de los Muertos" for the Mexican holiday (NOTE: In Spanish, the holiday is properly called D?a de Muertos). During the film's production, in 2015, the Walt Disney Company made a request to trademark the phrase "D?a de los Muertos" for various merchandising applications. This was met with significant criticism from many people in the United States, particularly the Mexican American community, who derided the company for cultural appropriation and exploitation. A week later, Disney canceled these efforts, and changed the film's title to "Coco". Some time later, Pixar Animation Studios hired Mexican American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, playwright Octavio Solis, and former CEO of the Mexican Heritage Corp. Marcela Davison Aviles, as technical consultants for the film, and asked them to take voice-over roles in the film. Alvarez is the creator of the comic strip "La Cucaracha," and his signature on the strip, a caricature of himself over the name "LALO," can be seen as a graffito on a wall in the City of the Dead.
  • Coco (2017) marks the reunion of director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson following their celebrated collaboration on the Best Picture Academy Award nominee Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • This is Pixar's seventh film to release in November and fifth to release on Thanksgiving.
  • This is Pixar's second film released on Thanksgiving to not be directed by John Lasseter, and the first one released on Thanksgiving to have Lee Unkrich as the main director, after having been the simply the co-director of Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • The film released on the same day as Pixar's first film Toy Story (1995), 22 years prior. It's also Pixar's second film to release the same day as one of their previous films, the first being The Good Dinosaur (2015), which was released the same day A Bug's Life (1998) did 19 years prior to that.
  • Pixar's first original film since The Good Dinosaur (2015), as their previous films of Finding Dory (2016) and Cars 3 (2017) were sequels.
  • From all of its animation branches (Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios), Coco is Disney's last original full-length animated feature film of the 2010s, as their next animated films for the remainder of the decade (Incredibles 2 (2018), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Toy Story 4 (2019), and Frozen 2 (2019)) are all sequels.
  • In Brazil, the title name was changed to "Viva", for the original title "Coco" could easily be mistaken by the Portuguese word "coc?", which translates to "poop". But the word "coco" without the accent in the letter O, means the fruit of the palm tree of which coconut water is extracted
  • For the film's theatrical release, Coco (2017) was originally accompanied by a 22-minute animated short film entitled Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) in which Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) finds a family tradition for his friends for the holiday season. Coco (2017) is the first full-length Pixar animated film to not be accompanied by a short film created and produced by Pixar Animation Studios since Toy Story (1995), which had no accompanying short film in the USA and was accompanied in the UK by a re-release of the Roger Rabbit short film Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990).
  • Pixar Animation Studios' 19th full-length animated feature film.
  • This is Jaime Camil's second animated film after The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • The official teaser trailer was released on December 6, 2016.
  • Benjamin Bratt's 4th animated film. Previously he voiced Manny in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), and El Macho in Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • The film features Cheech Marin's first voice-over role in a Pixar animated film outside of the Cars franchise. He has also done voice-over roles for two animated feature films for Walt Disney Feature Animation: Tito the Chihuahua in Oliver & Company (1988) and Banzai the Hyena in The Lion King (1994).
  • This along with The Good Dinosaur (2015) are Pixar's only films to release during the 2010s to not be released in June. Both of these films instead released in November.
  • From the Creators of "Toy Story", "Finding Dory" and "Inside Out".
  • Coco (2017) is Walt Disney Pictures' first production to be accompanied by a half-hour featurette since The Rescuers Down Under (1990) 27 years prior, which was accompanied by the Mickey Mouse short film The Prince and the Pauper (1990).
  • Pixar's 9th film to have a PG rating from the MPAA. The other 8 films with that rating are Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), Brave (2012), Inside Out (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
  • Although Pixar Animation Studios is known for distinguishing itself from Walt Disney Animation Studios by, among many things, not making musical films, Coco (2017) is Pixar's first music/musical film. Coco is not technically considered to be a straight-on musical, as it is more of a music/musical film in a fashion similar to films like The Blues Brothers (1980), Footloose (1984), Happy Feet (2006), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Pitch Perfect (2012), Sing (2016), Rio (2011), and Walk the Line (2005) rather than a straight-on musical film (e.g. Beauty and the Beast (1991), Chicago (2002), La La Land (2016), The King and I (1956), Mary Poppins (1964), My Fair Lady (1964), Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Sound of Music (1965), West Side Story (1961), and The Wizard of Oz (1939)).
  • Lee Unkrich's first PG-rated film; the other films that he directed and co-directed previously were all rated G.
  • Southwest Airlines promoted Coco (2017) by having one of their Boeing airplanes decorated with artwork from the film.
  • Pixar's 2nd film to focus mostly on cast members with a specific ethnicity, in the case of this film being Mexican. The first one was Brave (2012), which focused mostly on actors with a Scottish background.
  • Lee Unkrich considered hiring a Mexican composer, but he hired Michael Giacchino, who has worked previously in other Pixar films. They worked with Mexican musicians for the score.
  • In active production between 2011 and 2017, it set the record for being the Pixar animated film with the longest production schedule.
  • Among the main cast, Gael Garc?a Bernal is the only actor to voice his character in both English and Spanish versions of the movie, even though most of the actors are Latino.
  • The filmmakers and animators traveled to Mexico five times to research about the culture, people, food, traditions, etc. to help define the story and characters of Coco (2017). Among their journeys, they visited Mexico City and Oaxaca. Director Lee Unkrich said of the experience, "I'd seen it portrayed in folk art. It was something about the juxtaposition of skeletons with bright, festive colors that captured my imagination. It has led me down a winding path of discovery. And the more I learn about D?a de Muertos, the more it affects me deeply."
  • The film features a variety of animated caricatures or cameo appearances of legendary Mexican celebrities, paying homage to them. Among the many deceased Mexican celebrities who are featured in the film include: Santo, a wrestler; movie actor Cantinflas; actors and singers Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete; painter Frida Kahlo; Emiliano Zapata, one of the revolutionary leaders during the Mexican Revolution; and actress Mar?a F?lix. Director Lee Unkrich has stated that besides these celebrities, there are more hidden in the film.
  • When Miguel is walking down the streets at the beginning of the movie, you can spot piñatas of some Pixar characters: Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mike Wazowski, Destiny the Whale Shark, Mr. Ray, among others.
  • The Pizza Planet Truck that appears in many Pixar films can be seen briefly driving in front of the Rivera Shoe Store, just as Mama Julia is explaining the 'no music in this house' rule to Miguel
  • The orange flower seen throughout the film is the Aztec marigold (known also as the Mexican marigold or the Cempas?chil). The flower is used in the tradition of Dia de Muertos in M?xico to guide the deceased to the living.
  • The orchestra conductor for Ernesto de la Cruz's musical show "Sunrise Spectacular" is a caricature of the film's composer Michael Giacchino.
  • The look of the Land of the Dead is inspired by the Mexican city of Guanajuato, which has colorful houses placed on the hillsides in such a way that they look almost stacked.
  • "Coco" in Spanish is a hypocorism for "Socorro" an actual common name for women, originated from "Virgen del Socorro" (Virgin of Relief).
  • The character of Ernesto de la Cruz is based on the Mexican icon Pedro Infante (in fact, the second last name of Infante was "Cruz"). In addition, Ernesto's last name, de la Cruz, is also a reference to another Pixar character, Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3 (2017). In addition to that, a cartoon of Pedro Infante appears in the film and even interacts with De la Cruz.
  • First premiered in Spanish in Mexico on October 27th, 2017, nearly a month before the worldwide release date.
  • Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez contributed one song for Coco (2017), the film's signature song "Remember Me". This marked the first time the husband-and-wife songwriting team composed music for a Pixar animated film. Ironically, they could not get involved with the Frozen short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) due to scheduling conflicts with Coco.
  • The Santa Cecilia graveyard is named after Saint Cecilia, the Catholic patron saint of musicians.
  • Despite the success of Frozen (2013) the not-quite-short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) received serious complaints from moviegoers in Mexico for its greater-than-usual length, perceived lower quality, and the fact that it is a nonstop Christmas-themed musical number. Complaints were so numerous that the two largest movie theatre chains in the country opted to stop showing the Frozen short film before the movie just a week after opening day.
  • Miguel Rivera is Pixar's first non-Caucasian human protagonist for a full-length Pixar animated feature film.
  • Miguel's last name, Rivera, is a reference to film producer Jonas Rivera, who has worked with Pixar Animation Studios since 1994 and produced two of their films: Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015).
  • Miguel Rivera is the second youngest protagonist to be featured in a Pixar animated film; the youngest being Arlo from The Good Dinosaur (2015).
  • Pixar's 5th film with non-standard music over the Disney and Pixar Logos at the start, after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Inside Out (2015).
  • Lee Unkrich said that the Land of the Dead is an homage to Guanajuato City, a colorful city located in the center of M?xico.
  • This film opened in Mexico three and a half weeks before it opened in the U.S., where it surpassed The Avengers (2012) as the country's highest grossing film.
  • Miguel learns how to play the guitar from watching Ernesto de la Cruz's old movies on video. According to the film's co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, this is based on Molina's own childhood in the 1990s, when he recorded old and new episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC, CBS, and The Disney Channel, and yearned for a better life as a result.
  • When originally released, the film featured the short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) before the film, which runs 22 minutes long. Many moviegoers thought they had wandered into the wrong film. Beginning December 7, 2017, Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) was withdrawn from theatrical release, and no short film was substituted in its place.
  • Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina had said that the most difficult element to animate was Abuelita's neck. In order to have a reference for the neck Molina asked his mother-in-law, who lives in Mexico City, to travel to PIXAR, where he and Unkrich tried to make her angry to see how her neck moved, this was difficult because Molina's mother-in-law is, according to him, "a woman hard to get angry". After some hours they successfully made her mad.
  • This film would be Disney's second depiction or reference to the Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos, sometimes referred to as "Dia de los Muertos". The Lizzie McGuire (2001) episode Night of the Day of the Dead (2001) featured Miranda Sanchez's parents giving Lizzie a brief explanation of the traditions.
  • Dante is the second dog to play a major part in a Pixar film by accompanying the main protagonist on an adventure. The first was Dug from Up (2009).
  • The counter when Hector goes through the gate reads 1138 - a number that comes up many times in the Star Wars universe and George Lucas's movie THX1138.
  • The Land of the Dead is shown to use a lot of antiquated technology -- for example, an 80s MacIntosh computer and walkie-talkie radios. This is fitting, as that technology is obsolete and so in a sense dead.
  • Grossed over $150 million worldwide in just 5 days.
  • Miguel's grandmother and great-great-grandmother both frequently take off a shoe and hit people with it to ensure their cooperation. In Latin culture this kind of shoe is known as "Chancla."
  • As Miguel and Hector stroll through the Land of the Dead, an Incredibles Logo can be seen in the background, teasing the film's sequel/Pixar's next film. This can be seen immediately after the rocket fireworks are lit on one persons back, on the right side of the screen. Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • The door to the office in The Land of the Dead is labelled with the famous Pixar Easter Egg 'A113' , named after the California Institute of Arts classroom where many Disney and Pixar artists studied.
  • The film contains certain themes and content which would ordinarily be banned in China. Reportedly, the Chinese censor board members were so touched by the film that they made an exception and allowed it.
  • During the end credits, there is a brief dedication to the deceased people who inspired the filmmakers of Coco. It's a mosaic filled with over a hundred tiny photographs. Somewhere in the middle is a picture of Walt Disney.
  • The first Pixar film produced by Darla K. Anderson not to have a character voiced by Bonnie Hunt.
  • STUDIO TRADEMARK: The Pizza Planet truck, which has appeared in every Pixar movie, can be seen driving past the Rivera Shoe Shop while Elena (Miguel's grandmother) explains the "No Music" rule to Miguel.
  • In the movie the spirit of Frida Kahlo identifies Dante as a Xolo (Xoloitzcuintli dog), which is a nice tribute to the real Frida. During the mid-20th century the Xolo breed began to decline in popularity. Frida and her husband, Diego Rivera, helped to save the breed by including the Xolo dog as part of their art. Thanks to Frida and Diego, the breed became known again to the world.
  • Since Ernesto De La Cruz had such a large impact on Miguel, he named the stray dog "Dante" after a horse in one of De La Cruz's movies. This movie can be seen and heard projected at De La Cruz's house party.
  • One of Miguel's relatives (the one who drops a shoe when Miguel announces he wants to play music) is wearing a green t-shirt. This is the shirt of the Mexican national football team (Mexicans are big soccer fans).
  • When Miguel and H?ctor arrive in Ernesto de la Cruz Plaza there is a scene of people celebrating and lighting fireworks; at that moment, on the right side of the screen there is a poster for Pixar's Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Dante's tongue that usually sticks itself out was animated using the same technology used for Hank the Septopus in Finding Dory (2016) and the titular character from the Pixar Short Lou (2017).
  • This is Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's 3rd Disney movie for writing songs after Frozen (2013) and Winnie the Pooh (2011). It's also their first time writing songs for a Disney movie that's made by Pixar Animation Studios and not made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • On December 5, 2017, it got enough votes to take the number 45 spot in IMDb's Top 250, surpassing WALL-E (2008) as the highest rated computer animated movie.
  • The movie is the last original (non-sequel) Pixar film of the 2010s.
  • Disney normally does both a Mexican and a Spanish (Spain) dub for its films (think of it as making dubs for American and British English speakers). For this film, there was no Spanish dub, only a Mexican one.
  • Grossed more money worldwide in 19 days than Pixar's previous film Cars 3 (2017) earned in five and a half months.
  • An example of Pixar-level detail: when a guitar is played, the cartoon character's fingers match the fingering of the actual chords.
  • In just 3 weeks, it grossed over $400 million worldwide. Its worldwide total was $401.5 million on December 13, 2017.
  • Spent more days #1 at the box office than any other animated film in the 21st century.
  • Was number one at the U.S. box-office for three straight weeks.
  • This is the second time two Pixar movies were released in the same year. This and Cars 3 (2017) were both released in 2017. The first time was 2015, which saw the releases of Inside Out (2015) and The Good Dinosaur (2015). In both years, one film had a box office score higher than the other. In 2015, the Summer release (Inside Out (2015)) had the highest score while in 2017, the Fall release (Coco (2017)) has the highest score.
  • As in most Pixar films the number "A113" (referencing the classroom at Cal. Arts where most animators have studied) appears on the door to the Customs office in the Land of The Dead.
  • Many references to famous Mexican people appear in the film, including Frida Kahlo, Pedro Infante, Cantinflas, El Santo, María Félix, Emiliano Zapata, and Jorge Negrete.
  • John Ratzenberger, long considered Pixar's good-luck charm, continues his streak of appearing in every one of the studio's feature films. In Coco (2017), he plays a ghost called Juan Ortodoncia. He is the skeleton who is allowed to cross over to the land of the living because his dentist remembers him.
  • In 36 days, it grossed more than $500 million worldwide. Its worldwide total was $502.4 million on December 28, 2017.
  • John Ratzenberger's 19th Pixar film, after all the Pixar films he previously worked on.
  • The 6th Pixar film to have the actor of its protagonist nominated for the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting, after Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Brave (2012), Monsters University (2013), and Inside Out (2015).
  • In Brazil, because of the title change (from "Coco" to "Viva"), Miguel's great-grandmother also got a new name: Mam? Coco became Mam? In?s
  • On January 7, 2018, this film won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, making it the 8th Pixar film to win this award, after Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Brave (2012), and Inside Out (2015).
  • In 53 days, it grossed more than $600 million worldwide. Its worldwide total was $621.7 million on January 14, 2018.
  • The skeleton which plays EDM during the talent show bears more than a passing resemblance to Sid from the Toy Story (1995) movies. Paticularly how he looks in Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Lee Unkrich is the fifth Pixar employee to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature twice. The first was John Lasseter, (Nominated for Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Cars (2006)) the second was Brad Bird, (Nominated for The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007), both won.) the third was Andrew Stanton, (Nominated for Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL-E (2008), both won.) and the fourth was Pete Docter. (Nominated for Monsters, Inc. (2001), Up (2009), and Inside Out (2015). Up and Inside Out both won.)
  • The opening number Frida Kahlo stages for Ernesto's show with multiple Fridas crawling out of a papaya is an allusion to two of her paintings: "Still Life, Round" features a papaya in the centre while in "Last Supper", multiple self portraits of Frida are positioned around the table.
  • In 74 days, it grossed more than $700 million worldwide. Its worldwide total was $700.9 million on February 4, 2018.
  • The 6th Pixar film to win the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting, after Toy Story 2 (1999), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Inside Out (2015).
  • Miguel was originally only going to play guitar, and not sing. When the director, Lee Unkrich, discovered Anthony Gonzalez was in fact a talented singer, it was decided Miguel would do both so Anthony could share this talent in the film.
  • Film website, Collider, considers the first half-hour of the movie to be a mix of The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Back to the Future (1985).
  • Dante is a Xoloitzcuintli, which is the national dog of Mexico.
  • As H?ctor is singing a last song for Chicharr?n who is slowly fading away, a sexual joke appears. He says the following "- and her.. knuckles they drag on the floor", Chicharr?n goes "those aren't the words!". It is clear that the original song would've said jugs or knockers instead of knuckles, but as Miguel was there H?ctor censored it.
  • The stray dog's name, Dante, is a reference to Italian 13th-century author Dante Alighieri. In his most important work, the Divine Comedy, the main character (a depiction of Dante himself) travels to Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.
  • There are several little music-references in the movie, mentioning popular hit songs in several lines, characters talking in song-titles, such as "The Show must go on", "nothing else matters", "I want it that way" and lots and lots of others.
  • The name of the heavy metal band playing in the talent show is Esc?pula which translated into English means shoulder blade.
  • The first Pixar film to not have a Pixar short film released theatrically with it.
  • John Ratzenberger's role as Juan Ortodoncia is the shortest part he's ever played out of all of the Pixar films. His character is given only one word of dialogue: "gracias".
  • In early drafts of the script and test footage, Miguel was originally named Marco.
  • The film had been in production for several years, and a different young actor voiced Miguel (then known as Marco). Eventually that kid hit puberty, so he had to be replaced by Anthony Gonzalez. But the original voice actor did have a cameo in the film, similar to Nemo's original voice actor reappearing in Finding Dory (2016). Late in the film, a stagehand (with a high voice) tells Ernesto to go through the door to the stage. That is the original voice actor.
  • A different opening was partially animated that focused solely on Ernesto's final performance which was for Dia de los Muertos but was cut due to it introducing Miguel later than the producers wanted.
  • The Luxo Jr. Ball that makes an appearance in almost every Pixar movie as homage to their very first short animation is on a table in Frida Kahlo's studio when Dante chases her monkey.
  • There are real studies showing how music can help dementia and Alzheimer patients to remember certain episodes of their lives.
  • Only skeletons wearing shoes can cross the marigold bridge.
  • There is a hidden Mickey Mouse in the camera that follows Ernesto as he's being flown up to the bell.
  • The 3rd Pixar film to win Best Original Song, after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • The 4th Pixar film to win 2 Oscars, after The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • In the tradition of "Hidden Mickeys", there are skull motifs hidden in the production design. These are most easily spotted in the leaded windows of the administrative offices and De la Cruz's mansion, but also in background shots of the city.
  • Ninth Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and third Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
  • In just 3 weeks, it grossed over $400 million worldwide, then over $500 million after 36 days, then over $600 million after 53 days, and then more than $700 million worldwide.
  • The first Pixar film where John Ratzenberger's character only says one word. In that case, John's character, Juan Ortodoncia only says "Gracias".
  • The fifth Pixar film to say "The End" at the end of the movie after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007), and Finding Dory (2016).
  • Cheech Marin's 4th Pixar film after the Cars trilogy.
  • The character "The General" fades away, possibly referring to the quote by General Douglas MacArthur, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
  • A few days after winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Darla K. Anderson left Pixar after working there for 25 years, making this the last Pixar film produced by her.
  • Miguel is similar to Lewis Robinson from Meet The Robinsons (2007). Both are kid protagonists of a Disney movie. Both are hoping to accomplish something (Finding his birth mother in Lewis's case, and being a musician in Miguel's case). Both characters go to a strange world with their family (Lewis going to the future, and Miguel going to the Land Of The Dead), And both characters' family name starts with R. (Robinson being Lewis's family name, and Rivera being Miguel's family name).
  • The 6th Pixar film to get an A+ Cinemascore, after Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), and Up (2009).
  • According to his voice actor Gael Garc?a Bernal, H?ctor's birthday is on November 30.
  • Miguel shows a certain pride in the fact that when he smiles, there appears a dimple near the left corner of his mouth, but not the right. Anthony Gonzalez, who voices the role, has a similar trait.
  • Pixar's 5th highest grossing film, and their 5th film to gross more than $800 million worldwide, after Finding Nemo (2003), Toy Story 3 (2010), Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
  • After Ernesto's party, three green puppy alebrijes can be seen scrambling across the floor hunting for food, remeniscient of Merida's triplet brothers Harris, Hubert, and Hamish in Pixar's Brave (2012)
  • The paper designs seen hanging in the outdoor scenes are called Papel picado (perforated or pecked paper) a decorative craft considered a Mexican folk art.
  • When Miguel is running to the plaza to shine shoes he passes some pi?atas for sale. They include Woody and Buzz from Toy Story and Mike from Monsters, Inc.
  • When Miguel initially turns ghostly after strumming the guitar in the mausoleum, he runs into the graveyard in a panic, and the frenzied musical score that plays behind the action is the crescendo from "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles
  • The first Alebrije to appear when Miguel first crosses the bridge is a large feathered serpent. This is possibly a nod to Quetzalcoatl (also known as Kukulkan or Q'uq'umatz), a prominent deity in several mesoamerican cultures. This deity had a temple built in his honor, Chichen Itza, which is one of the 8 wonders of the modern world, located in the Yucat?n peninsula in Mexico. The step pyramid also resembles the structure that the creature lands on and that connects the marigold bridges.
  • Being a huge fan of Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel names his belovedly loyal street dog after the horse that de la Cruz rides in one of his movies. We notice when Miguel is entering de la Cruz's party that there are clips from old black and white films, in one clip Ernesto calls his horse "Dante".
  • The tower at De La Cruz's party is based upon Coit Tower. The illumination is reversed though, in the film the observation windows are lit, in the real tower the lower and upper arches are lit at night.
  • The third Pixar film to feature the full 2011 Disney opening logo as a closing logo, after Finding Dory (2016) and Cars 3 (2017).
  • Early in the film after Miguel meets Dante, pinatas of Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Mike Wazowski can be seen hanging from a porch.
  • The tenth Pixar film to be produced in 2.35:1, after A Bug's Life (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL?E (2008), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Cars 3 (2017).
  • The final Pixar movie to be produced by Darla K. Anderson before she left Pixar in March 2018 to pursue other opportunities somewhere else.

Spoilers

  • The character "Ernesto de la Cruz" is inspired by Mexicans singers/actors Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete, who also made a brief cameo in de la Cruz's party.
  • Based on the traditional use of the nickname "Coco" in Mexico, the character's real name would very likely be "María del Socorro."
  • The song that Mama Imelda and Ernesto de la Cruz sang towards the end of the film is called "La Llorona", a classic and anonymous Mexican song. One popular interpretation of the song is about a singer feeling trapped by this woman (La Llorona) who has fallen in love with him. Another interpretation is a woman's grief about drowning her children in a river. This version is an urban legend in Mexico.
  • The dog's name, Dante, is a reference to Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet and author of the 'Divine Comedy', originally called 'Comedia'. The Divine Comedy describes Dante's journey through the realm of the dead. In M?xico, the Xoloitzcuintli (the Mexican hairless dog depicted in the film) is the guide of the deceased through his/her way to the Mictl?n (the underworld, the place where all the souls go after death).
  • Also contains Spoilers for Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Up and Cars 2. Ernesto de la Cruz is the fifth character in a Pixar animated film to be revealed as the main antagonist in a surprising plot twist. The other four Pixar films to feature such a character are Toy Story 2 (1999) with Stinky Pete the Prospector, Monsters, Inc. (2001) with Henry J. Waternoose III, Up (2009) with Charles Muntz, and Cars 2 (2011) with Sir Miles Axelrod.
  • In Mexican folklore, "Coco" refers to a ghost who comes from the land of the dead. The monster does not appear in this film, but its name is given to a character who is important to the deceased (Hector's daughter).
  • This is the second Disney film of 2017 to feature a protagonist named Hector whose relationship with his daughter plays a key role in the film's story. The first was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
  • Ernesto de la Cruz is the seventh villain in a Pixar film to die, the other six were Hopper in A Bug's Life (1998), Syndrome in The Incredibles (2004), AUTO in WALL?E (2008), Charles Muntz in Up (2009), Mor'du in Brave (2012) and Thunderclap in The Good Dinosaur (2015).
  • Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to Gusteau from Ratatouille (2007). Both are deceased characters that the Main Character idolises (Remy to be a Cook in Gusteau case, and Miguel to be a Musician in Ernesto's case). However, Ernesto was a fraud who stole his music from Hector, unlike Gusteau who was a real cook.
  • Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to Charles Muntz from Up (2009). Both of these characters had been idolised by the film's protagonists, both had been accused of being a fraud (fabricating a bird skeleton in Muntz's case, stealing songs in Ernesto's case), both briefly bonded with their idol upon meeting for the first time until confessing something, both were revealed as the film's main antagonists through plot twists, and both faced their deaths at the end of the film (Muntz falling to his death, and Ernesto being crushed to death).
  • Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to El Macho from Illumination's Despicable Me 2 (2013). Both characters are voiced by Benjamin Bratt, both faked an identity (El Macho as a Mexican Restaurant Owner, Ernesto as a Famous Musician and Great Great Grandfather), both's names start with E and end with Z, and both are the film's main villain.
  • When Miguel is in the Land of the Dead and has makeup on to blend in, he is made up to look like every other skeleton in the Spirit World with face paint, which slightly resembles Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
  • In Mexican tradition, the ofrenda is an altar that pays tribute to the dead. Within the film, it aids the deceased who can be remembered. However, there is an existing ofrenda tradition that remembers and pays tribute to the dead who have been forgotten. This tradition was left out of the film as it would have derailed the plot.
  • In Mexican folklore, family curses occur when you steal from the dead. Ernesto stole Hector's songs and guitar after the latter died, thus cursing the guitar to bring Miguel to the Land of the Dead and eventually destroy Ernesto.
  • First Pixar film to show an on screen death of major characters, in this case when Ernesto gets crushed to death by the falling bell, and when H?ctor gets poisoned and dies. All other deaths in Pixar films have been slightly off-screen, out of view or not in the scene at all.
  • Ernesto de la Cruz's duplicity is revealed in a manner similar to the downfall of Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957), by having his words and actions broadcast to his adoring fans.
  • Shares plot elements from previous Pixar films Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015). The former also has a lead who idolizes a character who would later be revealed as the main antagonist. With the latter, a female character starts to forget one of the characters who is starting to become non-existent.
  • Although it's not confirmed, Mama Coco shows traits of Alzheimer's disease. It is possible she eventually succumbed to this at the very end of the movie.
  • A trumpet and a record player are visible in the bungalow where Chicharr?n has his final death and Hector fetches the guitar. At the beginning of the film, a trumpet and record player are the two items (presumably belonging to Hector) thrown out by Imelda when she first bans music. Also in Hector's photo he has one dimple just like Miguel. And the guitar also has a gold tooth on the headstock, just like Hector has. These are all hints implying Hector is Miguel's real great great grandfather.
  • Throughout the film we see the photo of Miguel's great great grandfather, with the face torn off. Before the true identity is revealed, there is a clue in the photo that the figure is not who Miguel thinks it is. The belt buckle seen shows two guitars crossing, implying a double act (I.e. the act of Hector and Ernesto). Whenever we see Ernesto's belt buckle in the film, it just has a flourished decoration, no guitars.
  • When Miguel plays 'Remember Me' to Mama Coco, in a desperate attempt to get her to remember her father, she joins in at almost exactly the same point she did when Hector sang it to her as a young girl, earlier in the film.
  • The Movie's same name as a Character for Turns 20 years Old Since first Appeared in Crash Bandicoot 2 Cortex Strikes Back (1997) was The Sister of Crash Bandicoot, She Joins with Her Brother in This Game in Fully Remastered Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy (2017) 20 Years later after the Last Game is Crash Mind Over Mutant (2008), Also the Same Name as a Mascot of Kellogg's Coco Pops as Coco the Monkey
  • This marks the 2nd time Benjamin Bratt has played a villain in an animated movie. The first was Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • In the beginning when Miguel is explaining his family tree he mentions Mama Coco is his Great Great grandmother but in fact she is his great grand mother. Coco's mother Elmda is his great great grandmother
  • Ernesto De la Cruz is the 3rd Villain in a Pixar Film to face his defeat by being exposed in front of a crowd of those that once supported him. The other 2 being Henry J. Waternoose III in Monsters, Inc. (2001) (which was also done through footage on screen) and Sir Miles Axelrod in Cars 2 (2011).
  • Foreshadowing, the first time Miguel encounters Dante he was near a table full of dolls and a sign reads "alebrijes", later on Dante becomes one.
  • At the beginning of the movie, Miguel runs from his home to the plaza with the musicians. On his way, he plays music with some dolls that are on a table and then Dante, the street dog, appears from a garbage bin. Those doll animals are the spirit creatures in the Land of the Dead! Also at that scene, Dante shows up right next to those creature dolls, indicating that he is also a spirit creature!
  • In an alternate climax the final battle with Ernesto was going to happen on the bridge to and from the spirit world. In it, Miguel just had to cross it before the last petal fell in an hourglass (signaling the end of the holiday). Ernesto chased after Miguel as the bridge was falling apart to keep his dark secret from the living but is erased into nothing when the bridge does.
  • Several Mayan references can be spotted through out the film. All of the marigold bridges start at the top of Mayan temples. Pepita has the appearance of a jaguar, who the Mayans considered to be rulers of the Underworld. Several skeletons at Ernesto's palace are dressed in Mayan priest or king outfits.
  • Another hint that demonstrates Ernesto is not Miguel's great great grandfather happens right before he has security take the boy away. Twice before Ernesto tries to give Miguel his blessing, the orange petal doesn't glow, which only happens when deceased family members want to send their kin back to the living.
  • Director Lee Unkrich confirmed on Twitter that Ernesto was not killed when the bell fell on top of him for the second time in the Land of the Dead, as he is already dead, technically speaking. However, it's likely Ernesto was sentenced to the "final death" that befalls Chicharron, as the film's epilogue shows that the living has indeed forgotten him after his crimes were exposed.
  • Ernesto De La Cruz is similar to Chester V from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013). Both characters are idolized by the protagonist of both movies, both antagonists bond with the protagonist for a little bit after meeting each other, then later are revealed to be the villain. And both characters die at the end of the movie.
  • Chicharron at one point confronts Hector about his missing femur. This is in fact true: as Coco is forgetting him and he starts to degrade further and further, Hector probably loses his own femur and replaces it with Chicharron's. This is why Hector appears to be limping all the time.
  • The extended novelization of the movie "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" reveals that Imelda, Oscar, Felipe and H?ctor all share the same surname of Rivera, as does Miguel, who happens to be H?ctor's great-great grandson. Considering that surnames get lost with families having female descendants, as seen with Soccoro (Coco) and her daughters Elena and Victoria, this means that if Miguel's surname is Rivera, then the only way for Miguel to have the surname Rivera means that the surname comes from Miguel's grandfather, Franco. It's a common fact in Mexico that towns have popular last names making it appear like everyone who lives in there are cousins. So, while the surname 'Rivera' may not be the most popular last name in Santa Cecilia, it's still common enough to provide three different families of Rivera's that form the overall Rivera family of shoemakers seen in the movie. This means that following Mexican tradition with the surname of the father, followed by surname of the mother, it means that Coco, Enrique, Gloria and Berto all share the surname "Rivera Rivera".
  • The first Spirit Animal that flies over the bridge has the head of Rex, the T-Rex dinosaur from the Toy Story films.
  • One hint that Hector is Miguel's great great grandfather can be seen in the skull on the guitar. Much like Hector, the skull has a gold tooth on it's top front tooth.
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