Disney Pixar’s Coco Fun Facts

Posted on Nov 22 2017 - 7:32am by Angela Burgin Logan

I have always loved getting fun facts and movie secrets! These Coco fun facts will make you enjoy this animated delight all the more.

Disney Pixar Coco

THEM BONES – Filmmakers included subtle nods to the skeleton residents in the Land of the Dead. For example, the cobblestone streets feature some bone-shaped paving stones.

CHANGE OF PLANTS – Artists at Pixar Animation Studios like to add vegetation—grass, trees, bushes—to exterior environments. But “Coco” filmmakers felt the Land of the Dead should be different. The only living plants in the vibrant fantastical world are marigolds.

  • Filmmakers learned during their research trips to Mexico that the color and aroma of marigold petals are believed to help guide the spirit of a family’s loved one home during Día de Muertos.

Here’s what Miguel’s vibrant environment looks like in the official Coco trailer. This moving is simply visually stunning.

 

RECYCLED – Miguel’s loyal canine companion Dante is a Xolo dog—short for Xoloitzcuintli—the national dog of Mexico whose origins are deeply rooted in Mesoamerican civilization. The Xolo was regarded as the representative on Earth of the Aztec god Xolotl, the god of fire and lightning. Nearly hairless, Xolo’s also often have missing teeth and for that reason their tongue naturally hangs out. Filmmakers wanted to include this into Dante’s design and have his tongue behave like a character itself. To achieve the look, they borrowed the rig used in “Finding Dory” for “septopus” Hank’s dynamic tentacles.

  • Filmmakers invited local Xolo dogs to Pixar so artists could interact with the lovable dogs and study their anatomy.
  • Xoloitzcuintli comes from the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli.
  • Archaeological evidence found in the tombs of Aztec Indians, among others, indicates the breed may go as far back as 3,500 years.
  • Many consider Xolo dogs to have healing abilities.

Disney Pixar Coco

PULLING STRINGS – In “Coco,” Miguel recycles an old guitar, patching it up and painting it to mirror Ernesto de la Cruz’s signature guitar. But filmmakers knew that if they assigned an adult artist to do the design, it wouldn’t look right. Director Lee Unkrich called on his son to tackle the project and create the recycled guitar’s design.

  • All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitars to give animators reference footage.
  • Ernesto has an ofrenda room in his grand tower in the Land of the Dead where he keeps all of the offerings people have given him over the years. There are giant spirals of guitars and other instruments among the gifts.

HIT THE RIGHT NOTE – Additional facial rigs were added to Ernesto de la Cruz that enhanced his Adams apple, throat and cheek vibrations when he sings. A LEG UP – When Miguel and Héctor pay a visit to Chicharrón in hopes of borrowing his guitar, it becomes clear that it’s not the first time Héctor has borrowed from his friend. Chicharrón sports a pipe where his femur once was—a bone forever loaned to Héctor.

  • Chicharrón is the least remembered character in the Land of the Dead. Artists wanted to showcase the effects of being forgotten: his face has more chips and grooves, and his bones are much looser and more weathered than his counterparts.

CLOTHES MAKE THE CROWD – More than 500 pieces of clothing were made to dress the crowd characters—from the residents of Santa Cecilia to the skeleton-attendees of Ernesto de la Cruz’s party in the Land of the Dead. Pixar artists spent time drawing in life sessions with Mexican folkloric dancers. Artists shaded, shaped and combined the 500 individual pieces in a variety of ways to outfit thousands of crowd characters.

CHIN UP – Character artists spend months finding the right look for each character. And because Ernesto de la Cruz is a larger-than-life character known around the world, they wanted to give him identifiable attributes, including a cleft in his chin—visible in both the living and dead versions of the character.

  • Artists gave the character a distinctive curl of hair that falls across his forehead. • He sports a pencil-thin mustache, which was common in the era Ernesto was popular.
  • Ernesto wears all white in the Land of the Dead. With so many vibrant colors surrounding him, it helped ensure that Ernesto would be the center of attention— just the way he likes it. Even his bones are pristine because he’s so well remembered.
  • Animators gave Ernesto a bit of a swagger to showcase his celebrity status.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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 colorful 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.

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Like COCO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarCoco

Follow COCO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixarcoco

Follow COCO on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixarcoco/

Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/coco

COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!

About Angela Burgin Logan

Angela Burgin Logan is a “Mompert” who is the founder of the parent focused go-to destination Ladies Live and Learn.com. Angela is the author of "Breathe When Life Takes Your Breath Away" from Broadstreet Publishers and Executive Producer of the Netflix film "Breathe". She is the President of Marketing and Media Company Nia Enterprises/Live and Learn Media. Angela B. Logan is a leading social media influencer who lives, learns and passes it on. You can find Angela on Twitter & Instagram @AngelaBLogan.
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