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Check Out 25 Facts About ‘Coco’ That You Probably Didn’t Notice In The Movie

If you’re a fan of the Disney movie “Coco” you know that the entire film is packed with a whole heck of a lot of culture, history, and Latino pride!

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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Three and a half weeks before its 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.

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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!

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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 tensest moments for kids watching in the film.

7. The orange flower holds a lot of traditional meaning.

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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.

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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!

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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’s most beloved characters including Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Mr. Ray.

10. Speaking of Easter eggs…

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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 labeled with “A113.” It’s a nod to the California Institute of Arts classroom where many Disney and Pixar animators studied.

11. The movie mourns old technology.

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Pay attention and you’ll see that in the Land of The Dead there’s 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 than any other Pixar film.

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“Coco” was in production between 2011 and 2017. The film set a Pixar record for being a Pixar animated film with the longest production schedule.

13. The animations hit the right notes

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Musicians beware. 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.

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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.

Read: Here Are 25 Pieces Of ‘Coco’ Fan Art That Will Make You Want To Watch The Movie

15. The film got #1.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

Read: 20 Gifts For The ‘Coco’ Fan In Your Family

18. Abuelita’s neck had some problems.

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The movie’s creators have said that 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 mothers-in-law 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.

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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.

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In just five days, the movie grossed over $15o million worldwide.

21. Incredibles 2 makes an appearance.

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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

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The film grossed more money worldwide in 19 days than Pixars “Cars 3”

23. The movie has a lot in common with “The Blues Brothers.”

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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.

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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.

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Benjamin Bratt played a villain in an animated film for the first time in Despicable Me 2. This was his second film.


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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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