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Here Are Some ‘Coco’ Quotes You Can Use In Any Situation Because ‘Coco’ Is Universal

If you’re like the millions of others who watched the Pixar movie “Coco,” you probably cried your eyes out. But also learned some amazing life lessons along with Miguel, Hector and the rest of the family. Even Dante the dog! Through his adventures in the Land of the Dead, Miguel taught us all about the importance of love, family, remembering your loved ones, and following your heart.

Here are 20 quotes from “Coco” to keep you inspired!

1. This line from “Remember Me.”

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“For even if I’m far away, I hold you in my heart / I sing a secret song to you, each night we are apart.” Oof! That still gives me chills!

2. When Coco looked on the bright side of his family history.

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“A minute ago I thought I was related to a murderer! You’re a total upgrade!” I mean, if you discover that you’re not actually related to a cold blooded killer that ended up ruining an important part of your family’s life, then yeah you’d be happy too.

3. Why it’s important to remember the dead.

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“He’s been forgotten. When there’s no one left in the living world who remembers you, you disappear from this world. We call it the Final Death.” That part was not just upsetting but made me think of all my great grandparents and great aunts and people who I never knew and are forgotten.

4. On keeping family members alive, even after they’re gone.

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“Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life – in the stories they tell about us.” This made me tear up so bad, thinking about how we need to talk about the family members that passed away so coming generations know where they came from. I plan on telling family stories until I no longer can.

5. Take this one with a grain of salt.

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“Seize your moment.” Ernesto de la Cruz spoke these words that inspired Miguel and countless of his fans to go after their dreams. Plot twist: he also used it to commit murder. Don’t do that! But yeah, seize your moment when you’re trying to make a name for yourself.

6. That reminder of what it means to be a part of a family.

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“Being a part of this family means you are here for THIS family.” It may not make sense at first hearing, or reading, but it makes complete sense once it hits. Being there for someone means really being there, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

7. What family is meant for.

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“That is what families are supposed to do, support you.” Uhh there is not a single lie to be found in this line. We need family, whatever form that comes in, to look out for us.

8. The difference between forgiving and forgetting.

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“You don’t’ have to forgive him, but we shouldn’t forget him.” Keeping the memory of our loved ones alive, even when they did wrong, is important. And this line from the movie is a beautiful reminder of that. Even if the ones that hurt us don’t deserve to be remembered or forgiven, in keeping the memory we can even grow from it.

9. On success.

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“Success doesn’t come for free. You have to do whatever it takes to seize your moment.” While the second part of this has already been mentioned, this full version also deserves a shout out. Success take work, and it’s not handed to most people. But still, don’t murder anyone.

10. A simple reminder.

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“Nothing’s more important than family.” Family really is everything. Whether it’s the one you’re born into, or the one you build, you need the support system of people loving you and looking out for you.

11. Believing in your path.

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“One cannot deny who one is meant to be.” Believing in yourself and your purpose in life is hard sometimes, but when you know for sure who you are and what you’re meant to be doing, it’s a powerful feeling. Keep pushing forward.

12. Follow your heart and the things that make you happy.

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“I have to sing, I have to play. The music, it’s not just in me, it is me. When life gets me down, I play my guitar.” Whatever it is that brings you joy, do it and let it live within you. It’s those joys that make life worth living.

13. On taking a chance no matter the risk.

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“The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart.” Sometimes the thing that will make us most happy, that will make our dreams come true, are too far to touch because of the rules life sets upon you. But if you are willing to break the rules to get there, you have a better shot.

14. Working hard for your dreams.

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“No one was going to hand me my future. It was up to me to reach for my dream, grab it tight and make it come true.” Inspiring words that teach you to do the work necessary to make your dreams come true.

15. On music.

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“Never underestimate the power of music.” Music is a universal language, and has the power to transform our mood, our livelihood, our moments. Music is such a huge part of Latinx culture because of its power.

16. Knowing what should be given a name.

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“Never name a street dog. They’ll follow you forever.” Now in the movie this was in direct reference to Miguel’s street dog Dante. However, the same should be applied to crappy dudes you sleep with once. No need to remember their names.

17. Family love is always needed.

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“Never forget how much your family loves you.” Even though we usually know our families are there for us, and love us unconditionally, it’s still important to hear. Call your family and let them know today.

18. Not being blinded by our dreams.

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“Be careful what you chase after.” While it’s important to follow your dreams and work hard to achieve them, you have to be careful of what you sacrifice in doing so. In the movie, it meant giving up family.

19. Again, family is everything no matter what.

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“We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.” Family doesn’t always agree, and sometimes family fights. But at the end of the day, family is a bond that strengthens your love.

20. Being yourself.

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“I’m not like the rest of my family.” Sometimes you’re the “different” one in your family. That can be tough growing up, but with a family that loves and supports you it makes you a tougher person.

Through the laughs, the tears, and the heart warming moments, “Coco” taught us all about love, family, and following your dreams. These quotes all hit home for a variety of reasons, and made us think long and hard about the people we remember and the sacrifices we make. But seriously, pass the Kleenex!

Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Is Getting A New Elsa And Ciara Renée Will Be Playing The Beloved Character

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Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Is Getting A New Elsa And Ciara Renée Will Be Playing The Beloved Character

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What do Idina Menzel, Caissie Levy, and Caroline Bowman have in common? They’re all Broadway actresses that have portrayed Elsa from “Frozen.” They also happen to be all white. Well, that’s all about to change!

Afro-Latina actress Ciara Renée will be playing the role of Elsa in “Frozen” on Broadway.

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Frozen made its Broadway debut in 2018 and was played by Caissie Levy. Idina Menzel was the voice of Elsa in the animated film. Now, an Afro-Latina has scored the coveted role. 

Renée will be playing Elsa, and McKenzie Kurtz will be making her Broadway debut as Anna. Renée and McKenzie will take over the roles. Caissie Levy and Patti Murin end their run as Elsa and Anna respectively on Feb. 16. Renée was previously in the Broadway show “Big Fish” as the Witch as well as “Pippin.”

“Here it is! It’s official! I’m joining the cast of @frozenbroadway as Elsa alongside this bright new star, @mckenziekurtz! And I am incredibly grateful! This is an opportunity to expand minds, open hearts, and empower folks with the power of LOVE! I can’t wait to get started!”

While we’re still getting to know the 29-year-old, we are learning so much about this extraordinary actress who is pretty amazing at showing her biggest supporters lots of love in return.

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Renée, who is half Black and half Puerto Rican, thanked her friends, family, and supporters by giving them exact instructions on what to do when they come to see her show on Broadway. 

“I just want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for all the support and love I received yesterday. It was honestly overwhelming. Thank you, thank you,” Renée said in a video on her Insta-story. “I am so thrilled to be playing Elsa.” 

“But I wanted to set down some ground rules about people coming to see the show,” she said. “I am always so grateful when people come to see the show, people I know, people I don’t. But it isn’t my favorite thing to know when you’re coming. So, if you’re someone I know well, and we have each other’s phone number and you live in New York City, please do not tell me when you’re coming. Please come and text me at intermission or at the end of the show, which is preferred, and I will make sure to put your name on the list. I will check it right after the show.”

She also gave instructions to those she doesn’t know all that well. “If we don’t know each other well or talk super often or you’re from out of town, please do let me know when you’re coming because I want to make sure that I get to see you. For everybody else, I will 100 percent do my very best to Stage Door [where actors meet fans after the show as they exit the theater] as much as humanly possible. I know people come from all over the world to see Broadway and I want to be there as much as I can. If I am not there, please know it’s for a reason. I may not be feeling well, or something is pulling me away, I don’t know what it is, but I will always do my best to Stage Door because I love meeting you all and I am so honored that you would come to see our shows.”

We just love how precise and in control she is about meeting friends and fans. That kind of gratitude will definitely take her far in Broadway and Hollywood. 

Aside from her work on the stage, Renée has also appeared in several television shows.

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The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native and 2013 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University has appeared in Facebook Watch’s series “Strangers,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” and on the CW’s superhero series “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Arrow,” and “Flash.”

If you haven’t heard Renée’s stellar voice, here’s a clip of the actress singing Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.”

Congrats on this new role, Ciara! We can’t wait to see her show on Broadway! Will you be going?

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Throwback: Remember When Disney Tried To Trademark Día de los Muertos?

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Throwback: Remember When Disney Tried To Trademark Día de los Muertos?

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Since Disney Plus launched on November 12, people have been swept up in all the family-friendly chaos, indulging in a long list of classic Disney favorites. While the streaming service also plans to offer new original content, the company is definitely taking advantage of our generation’s lust for nostalgia, providing exclusive access to the Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic franchises (and reminding us how much Disney dominated our youth with films like The Lion King, The Cheetah Girls, and Gotta Kick It Up). Honestly, the list of iconic feel-good films is outrageously long, and it’s easy to understand why everyone’s so excited.

But it’s no secret that Disney’s wholesome image has been blemished by a long, varied history of controversy and criticism. While Disney has been accused of sexism and plagiarism numerous times, one of the most notable topics of discussion in recent years has been the company’s tendency to racially stereotype its characters, a propensity that is  especially notable in early Disney films (though many scholars and film critics argue that this has carried into the 21st century, despite Disney’s attempts to be more culturally sensitive).

On many occasions, Disney has acknowledged the racist nature of its older animated films, like Dumbo, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats. In the descriptions for several programs on Disney Plus, there is a brief warning about the “outdated cultural stereotypes” contained within each film, and while several people view this disclaimer as a sign of progress, Disney has been criticized for making a bare minimum effort toward addressing the problematic elements of its past.

And speaking of the company’s past, how could we forget the time that Disney tried to trademark the term “Día de los Muertos” / “Day of the Dead”?

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Back in 2013, Disney approached the US Patent and Trademark Office with a request to secure “Día de los Muertos” / “Day of the Dead” across many different platforms. At the time, an upcoming Pixar movie with a Día de los Muertos theme (read: the early stirrings of Coco) was in the works, and Disney wanted to print the phrase on a wide range of products, from fruit snacks to toys to cosmetics. Por supuesto, Disney received major backlash for trying to trademark the name of a holiday—what is more culturally appropriative than claiming ownership over an entire celebration? Especially one with indigenous roots?

“The trademark intended to protect any potential title of the movie or related activity,” a spokeswoman for Disney told CNNMexico at the time. “Since then, it has been determined that the title of the film will change, and therefore we are withdrawing our application for trademark registration.”

But prior to withdrawing their application, Disney received extensive backlash from the Latnix community. Latinos all over social media expressed their disdain for Disney’s bold and offensive attempt to take ownership of the holiday’s name, even starting a petition on Change.org to halt the whole process. Within just a few days, the petition had garnered 21,000 signatures.

Although Disney didn’t acknowledge whether the online uproar had influenced them to retract their trademark request, they were clearly paying attention. Lalo Alcaraz, a Mexican-American editorial cartoonist, had expressed open disdain at what he called Disney’s “blunder,” creating “Muerto Mouse”—a cartoon criticizing said blunder—in response.

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This wasn’t the first time Alcaraz had criticized Disney with his cartoons. After the trademark fiasco, Disney definitely caught wind of Alcaraz’s position, and in an effort to approach the upcoming Día de los Muertos movie with sensitivity, the company hired him to work as a cultural consultant on the film.

Although several folks celebrated this development, Alcaraz was widely denounced for collaborating with Disney—many people called him a “vendido,” accusing him of hypocritically selling out to the gringo-run monolith against which he had previously spoken out. But Alcaraz stood his ground, confident that his perspective would lend valuable influence to the movie and ultimately prevent Pixar from doing the Latinx community a disservice.

“Instead of suing me, I got Pixar to give me money to help them and do this project right,” Alcaraz said. “I was let down because I was hoping people would give me a little bit of credit for the stuff I’ve done; to give me the benefit of the doubt.”

And, sin duda, Coco emerged as one of the most culturally accurate films that Disney has ever produced. Employing an almost exclusively Latino cast and crew, Coco seamlessly captured the beauty, magic, and wonder of Día de los Muertos, depicting the holiday with reverence and respect. And after becoming the top-grossing film of all time in Mexico, it’s safe to say that Coco helped Disney bounce back from its trademark mishap, even if more controversy is bound to emerge in the future.