Summary: When a boy named Miguel Rivera accidentally transports himself to the Land of the Dead, he must find his great-great grandfather to get help to return home.
Pixar hasn't made an original movie since 2015 (Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur). They have made sequels for the past two years, like Finding Dory in 2016 and Cars 3 in early June 2017. This will continue for the next two years with Incredibles 2 in 2018 and Toy Story 4 in 2019.
Coco and Cars 3 make 2017 the second year Pixar has released two movies in a single year, like they did in 2015. It's great to have an original movie from Pixar again, and to take a break from sequels.
Coco is Pixar's first musical, and the songs are great and full of jazz, and the animation is dazzling to look at and full of magic.
The musical score from Michael Giacchino is amazing. He did a lot of great music in a lot of movies like The Incredibles, Up, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jurassic World, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III-IV, the recent Star Trek movies, and the recent Planet of the Apes sequels. I love his music in movies a lot; he's definitely one of my favorite composers.
The movie's message about family is very powerful and full of emotion to go along with a very compelling and powerful story in the movie. The concept about traveling to the Land of the Dead and seeing ancestors is very creative, as is the idea of ancestors seeing us in t his world.
Pixar always makes a lot of inventive concepts like toys coming to life when people aren't around and having them go on adventures, like in Toy Story; monsters entering the human world with door-like portals, like in in Monsters, Inc.; emotions controlling our mind and exploring inside our minds, like in Inside Out; fish escaping from fish tanks or aquariums, like in Finding Nemo; or tying a lot of balloons to houses and flying into the sky, like in Up.
Coco definitely has respect for and is a poignant tribute to the Mexican culture. The voice acting from the voice cast is superb and full of life.
The Christmas short that played before the movie, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, is 20 minutes long. They could have shortened it to a 7-minute short and added an original Pixar short instead, but it was still a fun short to watch at Christmas time.
In this critic's opinion, Coco is another fantastic movie from Pixar, and it was the most fun you could have at the movies in November. It will definitely make you emotional.
**** 1/2 out of *****