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Here Are 25 Piece Of ‘Coco’ Fan Art That Will Make You Want To Watch The Movie Again

Major cultural moments and phenomena usually bring out the artist in all of us. How many times have you come across a different rendition of Hello Kitty or Pokémon? It is a common form of love, expression, and flattery.

“Coco” is the latest cultural phenomenon to take over the Latino community with force. Mexicans and non-Mexicans alike have fallen in love with Miguel and his adventure in the underworld discovering the meaning of Día de los Muertos. As a result, fan art dedicated tot he DisneyPixar film is all over the Internet. Here are just 25 examples of fan art dedicated to “Coco” and the wonderful story of Día de los Muertos.

1. This Vincent van Gogh and “Coco” mashup.

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How amazing. Not only is Miguel playing his special guitar over the city Van Gogh captured in this famous painting, he is also on the same hill used in “Nightmare Before Christmas.” This is what happens when fandoms, and masterpiece paintings, combine.

2. Cross stitching isn’t just for our parents.

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Mamá Imelda looks great with or without her skin but this cross stitch is divine. One can only assume that the person behind this beautiful tribute to “Coco” has made portraits of the whole family to hang them on the wall together.

3. Now is a time to learn how to make clay statues.

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If you have some time on your hands and easy access to a craft store, you too could make these statuettes. The best part about fan art is that you are reimagining the characters as you see fit so they don’t have to look exactly like the originals. After all, the people who created them are the real artists.

4. Héctor looks radiant in this pencil sketch.

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If you’ve seen this movie, you know just how special Héctor is to Miguel and the whole story. You also know that his story is not an easy one. It is nice to think of Héctor really enjoying his time in the underworld like he deserves.

5. Of course there would be piñatas.

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Art comes in many forms and they aren’t all on paper. But they can still be made with paper. A piñata is definitely a good homage to a movie about one of the most important holidays to Mexican culture and life. Plus, piñata making is not easy so this is something to admire.

6. Edible art is still art.

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Some edible treats are too amazing to eat and just have to be considered art. Just imagine the time it would take to make this cookie. Once you realize the amount of work it takes, you will likely agree that this is something that should not be eaten, broken, or tempered with.

7. Sometimes bigger really is better.

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Or it is a little more appropriate. This artist was not messing around when making their own tribute to “Coco” when they created this poster of the city of the dead. The scene in the movie is so grand and magical that this is really the only way to pay proper homage to crossing that marigold bridge.

8. Some of these fan art pieces really capture the emotion of the film.

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Mamá Coco has a very gentle touch and an even gentler aura as she exists within the film. You immediately fall in love with her within the first moments you get to meet the matriarch of the family. This image of Miguel giving her a gentle kiss on the cheek is what everyone feels like after seeing the movie.

9. It is more than just the main characters that get some love.

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Tío Oscar and Tío Felipe are the greatest twin uncles to ever be recorded. They really turned up the emotional aspect of the movie and this digital art perfectly captures their co-dependent relationship. We all have that one person we need to keep us steady during times of crisis.

10. Conceptual art is never a bad idea.

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You can always take things literally but that is not going to make anything super unique. Of course you can use your own style to make things yours but creating your very own vision is always a good approach. It’s interesting how you can rearrange things and present them in a different way but you still totally understand what is going on.

11. Let them eat [Coco-inspired] cake.

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This is probably all over Pinterest at this point and for good reason. It is a beautiful take on a child’s birthday cake with a very strong cultural appeal. Even adults will be begging friends, family, or coworkers to give them a similar cake for their birthdays. You know you want one.

12. A simple, black and white drawing is a classic that never goes out of style.

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While most of use are still trying to figure out how to draw a stick figure that isn’t lopsided. Meanwhile, there are people out there that can knock out a beautifully rendered sketch without having to make any revisions. This is phenomenal, tbh.

13. Check out this hyper realistic sculpture of Mamá Coco.

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How much work does something like this even take? While we don’t have the answer to that, the attention to detail is amazing. She eve has freckles and lip wrinkles. Some people are just meant to be artists and projects like these definitely separate the kind of artists from the true artists.

14. This sugar skull Miguel is adorable.

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Just when you thought that little Miguel couldn’t get cuter, this happens. Someone out there is a master with a marker and was able to deliver an innocent-eyed Miguel with a perfectly executed sugar skull. Looks like someone definitely has a future in children’s book illustrations.

15. Body paint might be temporary but it is still art.

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Incredible. Body painting is hella difficult because of all the curves and bends in the body. There is a reason there is a whole television reality competition show dedicated to body painting specialists. It is a very under-appreciated art form. Just look at how much a person can be transformed with some paint.

16. One artist reimagined Miguel as an adult.

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We all know of little Miguel because that’s who he is the entire movie. However, like everything else, he will eventually grow up. That’s exactly what this artist thought about while creating their own art to honor “Coco.” Now we get to see what Miguel would look like as an adult. Hopefully he is a famous musician now.

17. This image is so bright it’ll make your eyes hurt.

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SPOILER ALERT: We all know that Mamá Coco couldn’t forget her father no matter what but no one really knew who her father was. Thankfully, Miguel finds Mamá Coco’s real father Héctor in the underworld. This drawing of baby Mamá Coco loving her father Héctor is so adorable.

18. This one definitely has an anime-ish feel to it.

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This is what makes the world so great. An American movie about a Mexican holiday reimagined in an Asian style of drawing. Somehow, this innocent story is made even more innocent because of the style of drawing. It is pretty awesome to see how other people see things, huh?

19. You’ll fall in love with this alebrije version of Dante.

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Alebrijes arae essentially guide animals in the spirit world to make sure that those in the underworld get to where they are supposed to go. Dante, who is a Xoloitzcuintli, guides Miguel on his epic journey and the two of them are not sure the power in Dante until they cross over to the underworld.

20. The underworld is booming metropolis so there are definitely other people there.

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This artist is looking into the underworld and seeing it as a place with other people living their best lives. Just look at this young lady posing in a town square. You won’t see her in the movie because she is just one of the millions, or billions, of people living in the underworld with the rest of the deceased. She sure looks happy.

21. Some of these art pieces look like images brown people have never been able to see.

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What made “Coco” such a phenomenon is that brown people finally saw themselves represented on the big screen. Finally, there was a Latin American culture that was given positive representation from a major studio and it was done perfectly. The cultural nuances were on point.

22. Children are even getting in on the fan art craze.

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It isn’t just adults that get to create fan art for their favorite movies. Children can get in on the fun like this little tyke who just couldn’t help but draw his two favorite characters from the movie. Look like we have a young artist forming here.

23. Here is another more realistic take on these characters.

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Watercolor is a challenging medium but some people just nail it, like this artist. Plus, they even made Miguel and Héctor look more realistic to make the viewer really understand what this story looks like irl.

24. These sketches of Ernesto de la Cruz are very interesting.

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This artist is clearly honing a craft and doing it well. Not only were they able to capture the true being of Ernesto de la Cruz, but they showed him before and after death. Nice work.

25. Of course, there are tattoos of this movie.

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Some people just love thing so much that they have to put it on their skin. Can you blame them?

Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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This weekend is sure to be a special time at the Hollywood Bowl as Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be screening a live-to-film concert experience like no other. Stars like Miguel, Eva Longoria, and Benjamin Bratt made appearances at both screenings and the iconic film was accompanied by a full, live orchestra.

However, there was one other star making her presence felt this weekend. While she might not be taking the stage or even be known to some, she is a legend in the world of Día De Los Muertos. Meet Ofelia Esparza, who for the last 40 years she has been behind hundreds of ofrendas, or alters, honoring loved ones who have past.

Her work has been featured in some of most famous museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, internationally at the first Day of the Dead exhibit in Glasgow, Scotland. Just last week, Esparza and her daughter, Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, had an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

This weekend, Esparza and Ahrens showcased a three-level ofrenda right outside of the Hollywood Bowl venue. The ofrenda greeted guests attending the showings of “Coco.”

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Esparza, 86, who was born and still lives in East L.A, has devoted most of her life to creating alters. She learned many of her craft skills from her mother in Mexico and in return has passed on these traditions to her nine children. For Esparza, alter making is more than just a form of expression but an obligation that has made its way through multiple generations to honor loved ones who are now gone.

While Esparza has never met her great-great-grandmother, she knows of her through years of alter-making. Without this craft being passed down through multiple generations, she says she might have never known much about her and credits this tradition for intimately connecting her.

“My mother passed this on to me at a very young age and it always stuck with me that I have to carry on these traditions because if we don’t then who will,” Esparza said.

Using an array of photos, candles and vibrant carnations, Esparza’s alters stand out for their use of giant multilevel structures. The alters range from personal, political and even spiritual. Her work has garnered her many awards including just last year when she was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a 2018 National Heritage Fellow.

“I’m touched that people look at my work and want to learn more about this. It goes beyond just Día De Los Muertos but celebrating and honoring those who have past,” Esparza said. “To me that’s the biggest honor, being able to teach people about what alter making is really about.”

Esparza has followed through with many of the traditions her mother taught her at a young age and continues to pass this on. In her 40s, she became a school teacher where she included Mexican culture into her curriculum, including Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. This has included speaking at schools, museums, community centers, prisons, and parks throughout LA county and across the country.

Her expertise and passion for alters led Esparza to be a cultural consultant for “Coco.” Many of the scenes, including the famous flower bridge, were ideas that came from her.

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Esparza was approached by Disney and Pixar to be a cultural consultant for the Oscar-winning film. She says that many details and scenes seen throughout the movie came from some of her feedback including the famous marigold bridge scene where ancestors cross over into the land of the living on the Day of the Dead.

“I gave them a lot of feedback on certain things including what the bridge that connects the two worlds of the living and the dead represents,” Esparza said. “It was incredible to see that come to life and for people to resonate with that message of crossing over into two worlds.”

When asked about the popularity of the film and what it means for new generations to learn about Día de Los Muertos, she says it makes her happy and only asks of one thing.

“I want people to know that Día de Los Muertos is more than just putting on some skull paint but a true honoring of those who are no longer with us.”

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A Latina Threw A ‘Coco’ Themed Party For Her Quinceañera And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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A Latina Threw A ‘Coco’ Themed Party For Her Quinceañera And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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It’s an understatement to say that the beloved Disney movie “Coco” has inspired a generation. Not only do the themes of family and acceptance resonate across all age groups, but the movie’s vibrant colors and catchy musical numbers make it the perfect movie to entertain the whole family. As well all know, the film was created as sort of a love letter to Mexico and Mexican culture. 

In some Latinx families, watching it has become a sort of tradition. 

Many “Coco” fans will tell you that the movie isn’t just a movie–it’s a way of life. 

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The movie has obviously hit a chord with the younger set, inspiring endless amounts of musical covers, artwork, and blog posts. And of course, the movie has also become a huge hit in the theme-party racket. A simple Pinterest search will turn up dozens of photos of children’s’ birthday parties inspired by the hit Disney musical. When it comes to throwing a “Coco”-themed party, the artistic possibilities are endless!

But the most recent act reverence for the acclaimed film may be the most exciting one yet.

While many Latinas have quinceañeras that end up being more of their mother’s vision than their own, it looks like one lucky Latina got to take the reigns on her special day.  Recently on Twitter, a super-fan shared pictures with the film’s director of  a “Coco”-themed quinceañera. The party was complete with calacas, candy, and ofrendas–all of which brought to mind specific parts of the movie.

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The birthday girl’s cousin shared the pictures to Twitter tagging the film’s director Lee Unkrich and asking Unrich if he liked it. Olivas shared four photos (although we would love to see more), of different parts of the party’s decor.

Needless to say, the pictures are a sight to behold.

It’s obvious from how intricate the decorations are that someone put in an incredible amount of work. We all know that many Latinx families spare no expense when they’re throwing a Quinceañera, but the amount of effort put into this one may just take the cake.

Just look at this beautiful “Coco”-themed ofrenda:

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If you look closely, you can see that one ofrenda has pictures of what are (presumably) family members that have passed. But on another ofrenda, the people in the photos are all characters from the movie. 

So much thought was put into the fictional ofrendas that the only characters displayed are ones that Miguel meets in the afterlife:

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As you can see in the display, great-grandma Coco sits in the middle. Then, there are Tío Oscar and Tío Felipe in the background, and Tía Rosita on the left. And of course, we couldn’t forget the infamous torn photo of Miguel’s great-grandfather, Hector, on the right. It looks like this family didn’t leave anyone out!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a “Coco” without Miguel’s guitar being featured prominently on one display:

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You can truly tell that this quinceañera’s decorations were a labor of love. The amount of detail that was paid attention to is inspiring. We wish this movie had been around when we turned fifteen!

And of course, the true piece de resistance was the cake, that has the signature “Coco”lettering emblazoned on the top:

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We can just imagine all of the photos the birthday girl was forced to take standing in front of this. And although we know that it’s a tradition in many families, we don’t want to imagine this cake being destroyed at all! It’s truly a work of art.

As for the director, he responded to Olivas’s tweet with the perfect response:

Unkrich must be proud to know that they movie he helped create is helping Latinos truly celebrate their own culture. Latinas from generations past have not been lucky enough to have movies that starred Latinx characters with a well-rounded identity. In the past, Latinos have been sidled with watching stereotypical renditions of themselves onscreen from drug-dealers to “Mexican Spitfires”. “Coco” puts all of those stereotypes aside and simply tells a story where Latinos are shown for their humanity.

It’s moments like this prove that the movie “Coco” is more than just another children’s movie–it’s a piece of art that has touched people’s lives. This further proves that seeing art that reflects you and your culture is so important. Not only does it make  you feel seen in the world, but it can make you appreciate your culture so much more. This is especially true for marginalized groups.