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  • The film was originally titled as "Día de los Muertos", the namesake for the Mexican holiday (NOTE: In Spanish, the holiday is properly called Día de Muertos). During the film's production, in 2015, the Walt Disney Company made a request to trademark the phrase "Día 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 its cultural appropriation and exploitation. A week later, Disney cancelled its attempt 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, leading them to take voice-over roles in the film.
  • 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 17 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: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018), Untitled Disneytoons Studios Project (2019), 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 "cocô", which translates to the curse word "sh*t".
  • For the film's theatrical release, Coco (2017) will be accompanied by a twenty-one 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 Christmas 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 themselves since Toy Story (1995), which was accompanied 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 a 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. Additionally, Cars 3 (2017) was released in the same year that Coco (2017) was released, He has also done voice-over roles for two animated feature films for Walt Disney Feature Animation, being 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) twenty-seven years prior, which was accompanied by the Mickey Mouse short film The Prince and the Pauper (1990).
  • Pixar's 7th film to have a PG Rating by the MPAA. The other 6 films with that Rating being: The Incredibles (2004), 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), and Walk the Line (2005) rather than a straight-on musical film (e.g. Beauty and the Beast (1991), Cabaret (1972), 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 Nationality, in the case of this film being Mexican. The first one being Brave (2012) which focussed mostly on actors with a Scottish Nationality.
  • Lee Unkrich considered to hire 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.
  • Nearly all of the film's cast were able to provide the voices for their respective characters in both the English and Spanish versions of the film.
  • 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 Día de Muertos, the more it affects me deeply."
  • Coco (2017) features a variety of animated caricatures or cameo appearances of legendary Mexican celebrities, which pays homage to them. Among the many deceased Mexican celebrities that is featured in the film include: * Santo, a Mexican wrestler and movie actor * Cantinflas, a Mexican actor and comedian * Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter * Pedro Infante, a Mexican singer and actor * Jorge Negrete, a Mexican singer and actor.
  • When Miguel is walking down the streets at the beginning of the movie, you can spot piñatas of some Pixar characters: Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Mike Wazowski 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 Cempasúchil). The flower is used in the tradition of Dia de Muertos in México to connect the living from the dead.
  • The orchestra conductor who appears towards the end of Coco (2017) is a caricature of the film's composer Michael Giacchino.
  • The Land of the Dead is inspired by the Mexican city of Guanajuato, which is known for its colorful houses on the hillsides that look almost stacked like in the movie.
  • "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 on 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), which is the film's signature song "Remember Me". This marked the time that the husband-and-wife songwriting team worked with Pixar Animation Studios to compose 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 paired with working on Coco.
  • The Sant Cecilia graveyard is named after Saint Cecilia, the Catholic 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 longer than usual length, subpar quality compared to the source material and it being a nonstop 20 minute long, 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 for The Good Dinosaur (2015).
  • Pixar's 6th film to have Different than usual music accompanying the Disney and Pixar Logos at the start, after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Brave (2012), and Inside Out (2015).
  • Lee Unkrich said that the Land of the Dead is an homenage to Mexico City.
  • 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.
  • According to the film's co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, the idea of Miguel watching the films of Ernesto de la Cruz on videotapes to, among many things, learn how to play the guitar as well as de la Cruz and idolize his role model is based on Molina's own childhood in the 1990s, where he recorded the new episodes and reruns of The Wonderful World of Disney television program on ABC, CBS, and The Disney Channel on videotape and from watching them, yearned for a better life.

Spoilers

  • The character "Ernesto de la Cruz" is inspired in Mexicans singers/actors Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete, who also made a brief cameo in de la Cruz 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.
  • 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 México, the Xoloitzcuintli (the Mexican hairless dog depicted in the film) is the guide of the deceased through his/her way to the Mictlán (the underworld, the place where all the souls go after death).
  • 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, where he may not seem bad at first for a majority of the film, but would later reveal his true colors later on in the film towards the climax. 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. This does not include those who may not seem bad for only their introduction during a small portion in the film outside the Climax like AUTO in WALL·E (2008), Lotso from Toy Story 3 (2010), and Thunderclap from The Good Dinosaur (2015).
  • 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 Gustae from Ratatouille (2007). Both are deceased characters that the Main Character idolises (Remy to be a Cook in Gustae case, and Miguel to be a Musician in Ernesto's case), only Ernesto had really been a fake from having stolen his goal from Hector, unlike Gustae who happened to be a real Cook in his time.
  • Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to Charles Muntz from Up (2009). Both of these characters had been idolised by the film's protagonist, both had been accused of being a Fraud (Fabricating a Skeleton of a Paradise Falls Bird in Muntz' case, and stealing Hector's songs in Ernesto's case), and both had revealed to be the film's Main Antagonist through a Plot Twist during the climax.
  • Ernesto de la Cruz is similar to El Macho from Illumination's Despicable Me 2 (2013). Both characters had been voiced by Benjamin Bratt, both are the film's Main Villain, and both of them faked an identity (a Mexican Restaurant Owner in El Macho's (Eduardo Perez through his secret identity) Case, and a Famous Musician/Great Great Grandfather in Ernesto's case).
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