Disney Pixar’s latest blockbuster, Coco, will be released nationwide on November 22nd, and all Mexican culture and Día de los Muertos fans are more than ready to race to the theater! (Oh, the suspense!) Pixar’s latest animated masterpiece, co-directed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, will tell the story of a young Mexican boy, Miguel, who is forbidden by his family to pursue his dream of being a musician. In the process of trying to secretly enter a local talent competition, he ends up facing his ancestors in the neon-jaguar inhabiting underworld. The vivid colors alone will have us glued to our seats!
Here are five things we can’t wait to see on the big day:
1) The all-Latino cast features actors we all know and love. Mozart in the Jungle’s Gael Garcia Bernal, (whom moms everywhere fell in love with in the Mexican film Y tu Mamá tambien), plays Miguel’s skeleton friend Hector. Jamie Camil, (otherwise known as telenovela dad on Jane the Virgin) is the voice of his father. The cast also features TV fan favorites such as comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Fluffy returns!) Law & Order’s Benjamin Bratt, and Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos.
2) The film gives an authentic take on an important traditional Mexican holiday. Pixar hired cultural consultants and researched Day of the Dead, an indigenous-rooted holiday that celebrates a family’s departed loved ones. In just 10 days after its release in Mexico on October 27, the film earned $27 million, making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time there! The previews show Pixar’s stunning animation lighting up legendary Dia De Los Muertos folkloric figures, so we can see why the story is already a hit in its native country. Get your girl Townley Girl’s Coco Press-On Nail Wheel to artfully download all the characters!
3) Coco shares the Day of the Dead’s message about life and death in a fun, family-friendly way. The whole family can celebrate the film with Coco’s Temporary Tattoo set, which can be shaped into bracelets or rings!
4) Frida Kahlo makes a cameo! We’re not sure what role our favorite artist will take, but we’re more than ready to share her stunning art with a new generation. One fun way to dress up for the premiere: Braid your girls’ hair then color it into Frida-inspired ribbons with Townley Girl’s Coco 4 Pack Hair Chalk.
5) We haven’t seen merchandising like this since Nightmare Before Christmas! We're looking forward to skeleton everything— Thankfully, Dia de Los Muertos has nothing to do with Halloween so we can keep the celebration going! Get Townley Girl’s Coco 2 Pack skeleton-themed sweet-tasting lip balm here.