25 Crazy Facts About Pixar’s “Coco” You Didn’t Notice In The Movie
Fans of “Coco” know the movie had quite a bit of history and story packed into it. But did you know these 25 facts from behind the movie?
1. The trivia behind the movie will make you cry more than the movie.
For instance: this bit of insight from the film’s co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, revealed that the idea behind Miguel watching the films of Ernesto de la Cruz on videotapes to learn how to play the guitar was inspired by Molina’s own experiences as a child. During his childhood in the 1990s, Molina would record the episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney television program on ABC, CBS, and The Disney Channel on videotape. The episodes made him long for a better life.
2. The title got a name change in Brazil.
In Portuguese “cocô” means “poop.” When the word is without the accent, “coco” it refers to the coconut fruit. To avoid confusion, creators changed the name to “Viva.”
3. The movie was too touching to be banned in China.
“Coco” has quite a few themes and bits of content that are typically banned in China. However, reports say that Chinese censor board members were so touched by the movie they made an exception and let it run.
4. This film opened in Mexico first.
Three and a half weeks before it’s U.S. opening, “Coco” opened first. The film surpassed “The Avengers” as the country’s highest grossing film.
5. There’s a bit of history to that Frida appearance.
In the movie, Frida Kahlo’s spirit calls Dante “Yolo”. In real life, Frida and her husband helped to save the Xoloitzcuintli dog breed by inserting it into their art. It didn’t take long for the breed to gain popularity around the world.
6. THE CHANCLA!
The Chancla isn’t necessarily a universal language, but it’s pretty familiar to many belonging to the Latino community. In the movie Miguel’s grandmother and great-great-grandmother often take off their shoe and hit people with it. We’re betting it was one of the most tense moments for kids watching in the film.
7. The orange flower holds a lot of traditional meaning.
Throughout the film, an orange flower is seen. The flower is actually the Aztec marigold, today it’s called the Mexican marigold or the Cempasúchil. In the movie, similar to IRL, the flower is used in the tradition of Dia de Muertos to guide the deceased back to the living.
8. It’s based in reality.
The Land of the Dead in the movie is inspired by the Mexican city of Guanajuato. The city is known for having colorful houses that sit on the hillsides
9. Easter eggs!
At the beginning of the movie when Miguel is walking down the streets there’s a ton of Easter eggs. Watchers can spot piñatas of Pixar most beloved characters including: Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Mr. Ray.
10. Speaking of Easter eggs…
One of Pixar’s biggest and most recognizable Easter eggs also makes an appearance in the movie. In The Land of the Dead the door to the office is labelled with “A113.” It’s a nod to the California Institute of Arts classroom where many of Disney and Pixar animators studied.
11. The movie mourns old technology.
Pay attention and you’ll see that in the Land of The Dead there’s a quite a bit of out-dated technology use. Keep an eye out for an 80s MacIntosh computer and walkie-talkie radios. It’s actually pretty fitting considering these bits of technology are, as of today, obsolete and well dead.
12. More time and effort went into this project more than another Pixar film.
“Coco” was in production between 2011 and 2017. The filmset a Pixar record for being a Pixar animated film with the longest production schedule.
13. The animations hit the right notes
Musicians be ware. This one pays close attention to detail. Check out the scenes where the guitars are played, you’ll find that the character’s fingers match up to the actual chords.
14. Gael García Bernal worked double time.
Gael García Bernal is the only actor amongst the main cast to voice his character in both the film’s English and Spanish versions. All this despite the fact he isn’t the only Latino actor in the film.
15. The film got #1.
The film spent more days as #1 spot at the box office than any other animated film in the 21st century.
16. “Coco” is a Pixar last.
“Coco” will be Disney’s last original full- length animated film of the 2010s. The upcoming films to come out before 2020 are all sequels. We’re looking at you Incredibles 2 (2018), Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018), Toy Story 4 (2019) and Frozen 2 (2019). Now if you were one of the characters from “Coco,” who would you be? Take this quiz to find out.
17. There’s a little bit of brown face.
Womp womp. Guess risking Pixar’s long considered “good-luck charm” was a little too much for this studio to handle. In “Coco” John Ratzenberger plays a ghost named Juan Ortodoncia.
18. Abuelita’s neck had some problems.
The movie’s creators have said the one of the most difficult parts of the film to animate was Abuelita’s neck. To do her neck justice, the filmmakers flew out one of the animator’s mother-in-laws from Mexico and did their best to make her angry to see how Abuelita’s neck would move when she got upset. It took some time but eventually the movie got its material.
19. The Spanish dub was dropped.
Disney typically does a Spanish and Mexican dub for its films. This time though they only did the Mexican one.
20. The movie made money moves.
In just five days, the movie grossed over $15o million worldwide.
21. Incredibles 2 makes an appearance.
In the scene where Miguel and Héctor arrive in Ernesto de la Cruz Plaza there is a scene of people lighting fireworks. On the right side of the screen in this scene there is a poster for Pixar’s Incredibles 2.
22. It outpaced Cars 3
The film grossed more money worldwide in 19 days than Pixards “Cars 3”
23. The movie has a lot in common with “The Blues Brothers.”
Number one being that the film isn’t technically a musical. It’s more so a film where a lot of music takes place, a music film if you will.
24. There’s also a “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tribute.
When Miguel puts on makeup to blend into the Spirit World, he like the other skeletons were made to slightly resemble Jack Skellington.
25. It’s the second time Benjamin Bratt acted as a bad boy.
Benjamin Bratt played a villain in an animated film for the first time in Despicable Me 2. This was his second film.