Two weeks ago, the world got a look at Pixar’s original upcoming fantasy film, Coco. Following a young Mexican boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who goes on an extraordinary journey into the Land of the Dead, the film has burst onto the scene full of stunning visuals and wondrous adventure. Now, we have a look at one of Coco‘s supporting stars via a Pixar short entitled “Dante’s Lunch — A Short Tail.”
Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Coco director Lee Unkrich had this to say about the short:
“We just were really happy with how it came out and thought we would share it with the world as a little appetizer until the movie comes out.”
And appetizing it is (in more ways than one). The short follows Miguel’s dog, Dante, who’s having issues with his dinner: a bone. Instead of gnawing away happily, the canine is befuddled by the bone’s refusal to be eaten. The charming animation leads to another look at the film’s interaction with the Land of the Dead. You can watch the short for yourself below.
Aside from releasing “Dante’s Lunch — A Short Tail,” Unkrich had quite a bit to say about the film.
“I liken it to a big yearly family reunion that kind of spans the gap between the living and the dead, and there’s something really beautiful about that notion of not having to say goodbye to anyone and knowing that they’re going to be back every year,” says Unkrich, who devoted extensive time to learning about the holiday and its art and traditions. During that research process, “I fell in love with the people — I fell in love with this beautiful celebration and how it’s celebrated here in the United States and down in Mexico,” he says. “We ended up embracing the celebration a thousand percent in the kind of story that we told. I didn’t want to feel like we were just kind of grafting any old story into that world, so we’ve crafted a story that really could only take place during Dìa de Muertos.”
As for whether or not the film will tug at the heartstrings and bring a tear to the eye? Well, that’s not immediately clear at this stage in the process.
“Well, we’re still making it, so it remains to be seen!” Unkrich says with a laugh. “But my favorite movies are movies that give you a full range of experiences and feelings as you watch them. I love movies that are funny and scary and truly emotional all in one film, and I don’t feel like I see movies like that a lot. [Coco] is funny, it’s scary at times, and it’s definitely emotional.”
And even though Unkrich has been working on the film for years now, he’s confident that it’ll delight and surprise moviegoers.
“I’ve been working on this film almost six years now, and the twists and turns of the story are old hat to me, because I’ve been immersed in it for so long,” he admits,” but we still do show work-in-progress screenings to different people and groups, and they continue to be surprised by some of the twists that the story takes. And so I feel pretty confident that we’ll at least surprise some of the audience.”
What do you think? Are you excited to see Coco and discover what shenanigans Dante may get into?
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.
Directed Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, Coco will feature the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Renée Victor.
Coco is set to hit theaters on November 22.