Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to Animation Season! The first movie in the season is the newest movie featured and also the highest grossing. It's also probably the most culturally significant, emotionally resonant and spiritual of the season too.
I feel like this movie is more comparable to Kubo and the Two Strings than it is to its fellow Day of the Dead animated stable-mate The Book of Life. But while it's set during Dia de los Muertos, it's more about the power of family, of music and of celebrating life.
It's a stunning and powerful look into Mexican family life and culture, and it's one of Pixar's greatest achievements.
Special and massive thanks to long-time patron Claudia for allowing me to interview her about her experiences of Dia de los Muertos and her thoughts on Coco as a Mexican-American. Her contribution to this episode is invaluable.
Also thanks to Andy from Geek Salad and Derek & Laurel from The Midnight Myth for providing the first ever Patron comments! Make sure you check out their podcasts and their episodes which focus on Coco: