“Coco” is a cultural phenomenon that put Mexican culture in the front seat of the American consciousness. It is the highest grossing film in Mexico’s box office history and it has been nominated for a couple of Oscars. The story dives deep into the world of Día de los Muertos through Miguel, an aspiring young musician, when he enters the underworld in search for his family. It was recently reported that there was an alternative opening to the movie that explains, through song, the holiday that many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans hold dear.
Here’s the alternate “Coco” opening you never got to see in theaters.
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Co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina introduce the clip in the video addressing the audience directly.
“This next scene is the old opening of the film. This was in for a very long time, a number of years before we changed it,” co-director Molina says. “What it is is, it’s a little musical number to introduce you to the world of ‘Coco.'”
The clip starts sad and grey as one would expect when talking about death, but that doesn’t last long.
The song turns quick to an upbeat, party-themed song that would get anybody moving. It is accompanied with bright colors and lights because Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death after all.
There is a moment where the song explains the different food traditionally used to honor your loved ones.
Of course that includes pan de muerto and mole. They even sing about sugar skulls, which represent different loved ones who have passed away.
And you can’t forget about the ofrenda.
The ofrenda is the big Día de los Muertos alter. The alter holds all the photos of loved ones you want to remember and the offerings you want to sustain them.
The end of the intro is all about pyrotechnics and marigold umbrellas to tie it all together.
Clearly, this intro is amazing but you get no idea about the real world of Coco and the family you are going to be connected with. This intro would have been beautiful to watch but it is nice that we get to learn about the family in the intro they did choose for the theater release.