Coco, a movie about a young boy named Miguel Rivera who chooses to follow his dream of playing his guitar despite the push back of his family. The movie is centered around a Dia de Los Muertos theme that depicts Mexican music, culture and folklore.
"We hope that our audience and those communities feel like we got it right," says co-director Lee Unkrich. He says the filmmakers went to great lengths to make sure the depictions were culturally authentic and respectful. He and his crew of artists at Pixar spent six years travelling to Mexico for inspiration, going into people's homes, visiting plazas and mercados, and attending Day of the Dead festivities. But as they were kicking around ideas for a title, parent company Disney got in a lot of heat for filing to trademark the phrase "Dia de los Muertos."