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Pixar Has Finally Released A Full List Of Every Theater Showing ‘Coco’ Dubbed In Spanish

After much anticipation, Pixar has announced where you can watch ‘Coco’ dubbed in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles.

The film centers around Miguel Rivera, a boy who comes from a long line of shoemakers with an unusual aversion to music. Miguel, who is obsessed with the tunes of legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz, hides his love for music because he doesn’t want to get a regañada from his parents or abuelita. But the call to become a musician is just too strong. So, Miguel makes a choice that feels right to him but upsets his family.

The movie was first released in Mexico and quickly became the highest-grossing film in box office history in the country. It only led to more excitement from U.S. fans anxiously waiting for the animated film. People were asking for the film to be released in Spanish so their family members could experience it in their native language. The demand was high enough that Pixar announced that Spanish-dubbed and Spanish-subtitled screenings were coming to the U.S.

If there isn’t a location near you, Pixar has got you covered.

You can download the above-mentioned app to allow you to enjoy the movie in Spanish in real time.

Here is the full list of where you can find “Coco” dubbed (DUB) or subtitled (SUB) in Spanish:

Arizona

AVONDALE

HARKINS – GATEWAY 18 (DUB)

CASA GRANDE

HARKINS – CASA GRANDE 14 (DUB)

NOGALES

NDEPFILM- OASIS 9 (DUB)

PHOENIX

SONORA – CINEMA LATINO 9 (DUB/SUB)

PHOENIX

HARKINS – ARIZONA MILLS 25 (DUB)

PHOENIX

AMC – WESTGATE 20 (SUB / DUB)

PHOENIX

HARKINS – CHRISTOWN 14 (DUB)

TEMPE

HARKINS – TEMPE MARKETPLACE 16 (SUB)

TUCSON

HARKINS – SPECTRUM 18 (DUB)

TUCSON

AMC – FOOTHILLS 15 (SUB / DUB)

Alabama

ALABASTER

SOUTHERN – AMSTAR 14 (DUB)

California

BAKERSFIELD

TSU – MAYA BAKERSFIELD 16 (DUB)

BURBANK

AMC- BURBANK 16 (DUB)

CATHEDRAL CITY

ENDICOTT  – MARY PICKFORD (SUB / DUB)

CERRITOS

HARKINS – CERRITOS 16 (DUB)

CHINO HILLS
HARKINS – CHINO 18 (DUB)

CHULA VISTA

AMC – CHULA 10 (DUB)

CHULA VISTA

REGAL – RANCHO DEL REY (DUB)

S. CHULA VISTA

AMC – PALM PROMENADE (DUB)

COMMERCE

REGENCY- COMMERCE 14 (SUB)

DOWNEY

CINEMARK – DOWNEY 14 (DUB)

EL CENTRO

CALBOOK – MOVIES 10 (SUB)

ESCONDIDO

REGAL – STADIUM 16 (DUB)

FULLERTON

AMC – FULLERTON 20 (SUB / DUB)

GARDEN GROVE

REGAL – GARDEN GROVE 16 (DUB)

HUNTINGTON PARK

CENTURION – PARK 2 (SUB)

INDIO

REGAL-METRO 8( DUB)

JURUPA

ENDICOTT  – JURUPA 14 (DUB)

LAKEWOOD

PACIFIC – LAKEWOOD 16 (SUB / DUB)

LA PUENTE

AMC – PUENTE 20 (DUB)

LONG BEACH

REGAL – LONG BEACH 26 (DUB)

LOS ANGELES

CINEMARK – BALDWIN 15 (DUB)

LOS ANGELES

AMC- UNIVERSAL CITYWALK (DUB)

MANCHESTER

REGAL-MANCHESTER 16 (DUB)

MERCED

REGAL – REGENCY MERCED 7 (DUB)

MORENO VALLEY

HARKINS – MORENO VALLEY 18 (DUB)

MONTEBELLO

AMC- MONTEBELLO 10 (DUB)

NATIONAL CITY

AMC – PLAZA BONITA 14 (DUB)

NORWALK

AMC – NORWALK 20 (DUB)

NORTHRIDGE

PACIFIC – NORTHRIDGE 10 (SUB / DUB)

ONTARIO

REGAL – ONTARIO 22 (DUB)

ONTARIO

AMC – ONTARIO 30 (SUB / DUB)

ORANGE

AMC- ORANGE 30 (DUB)

ORANGE

CINEMARK- STADIUM 25 (DUB)

OXNARD

CINEMARK – OXNARD 16 (DUB)

OXNARD

TIMKO – STADIUM 14 (DUB)

PICO RIVERA

CINEPOLIS – PICO RIVERA 15 (DUB)

VISTA

CINEPOLIS – VISTA 15 (DUB)

PITTSBURG

TSU – MAYA CINEMA 16 (DUB)

PORTERVILLE

GALAXY – GALAXY 9 (DUB)

REDONDO BEACH

AMC – REDONDO 16 (DUB)

REDLANDS

HARKINS – REDLANDS 16 (DUB)

RIVERBANK

GALAXY – GALAXY 13 (DUB)

RIVERSIDE

AMC – TYLER 16 (DUB)

RIVERSIDE

GALAXY – RIVERSIDE 18 (DUB)

ROSEVILLE

REGAL – OLYMPUS POINTE 12 (DUB)

SACRAMENTO

REGAL – NATOMAS MARKETPLACE (DUB)

SALINAS

TSU -MAYA DOWNTOWN 14 (DUB)

SAN BRUNO

CINEMARK – TANFORAN 20 (DUB)

SAN BERNARDINO

REGAL – SAN BERNARDINO 14 (DUB)

SAN DIEGO

AMC – MISION VALLEY 20 (DUB)

SAN JOSE

AMC – EASTRIDGE 1 (SUB / DUB)

SANTA CLARA

AMC – MERCADO 20 (SUB / DUB)

SANTA ROSA

TIMKOBK – ROXY 14 (DUB)

SOUTHGATE

REGAL – SOUTHGATE 20 (SUB / DUB)

STOCKTON

REGAL-CITY CENTRE 16 (DUB)

TORRANCE

AMC – DEL AMO 18 (SUB)

TURLOCK

REGAL-TURLOCK 14 (DUB)

VAN NUYS

ENDICOTT  – THE PLANT 16 (SUB / DUB)

VISALIA

REGAL – SEQUOIA 12 (DUB)

VISTA

CINEPOLIS – VISTA 15 (DUB)

WATSONVILLE

CALBOOK – GREEN VALLEY 9 (SUB)

WEST COVINA

REGAL – W. COVINA 18 (DUB)

WINNETKA

PACIFIC – WINNETKA 13 (SUB / DUB)

Colorado

AURORA

SONORA- CINEMA LATINO 8 (SUB / DUB)

AURORA

SOUTHERN-SEVEN HILLS 10 (SUB)

DENVER

HARKINS- NORTHFIELD 18 (DUB)

MCLEAN

INDEPENDENT-PENN RIVERFRONT (SUB)

SLOAN LAKE

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE-SLOAN 8 (DUB)

WESTMINISTER

AMC- WESTMINISTER 24 (SUB / DUB)

Delaware

MCLEAN

INDEPENDENT – PENN RIVERFRONT (SUB)

Florida

LK BUENA VISTA

AMC- DISNEY SPRINGS (SUB / DUB)

HIALEAH

AMC- HIALEAH 12 (SUB / DUB)

KISSIMMEE

REGAL- THE LOOP 16 (SUB)

MIAMI

AMC- AVENTURA MALL 24 (SUB / DUB)

MIAMI

REGAL- SOUTHLAND MALL 16 (SUB)

MIAMI

BRAND- DOLPHIN 19 (SUB / DUB)

MIAMI

AMC- SUNSET 24 (SUB/DUB)

ORLANDO

REGAL- WATERFORD LK 20 (SUB)

Georgia

AUSTELL

REGAL- AUSTELL 22 (SUB / DUB)

CHAMBLEE

REGAL- HOLLYWOOD 24 (SUB / DUB)

MACON

SOUTHERN-AMSTAR 16 (DUB)

Illinois

ADDISON

MARCUS- ADDISON 21 (SUB / DUB)

CHICAGO

ARCANGELO- CINEMAS ENT 10 (DUB)

CHICAGO

REGAL- CITY NORTH 14 (DUB)

CHICAGO HEIGHTS

MARCUS- CHICAGO HEIGHTS 14 (SUB / DUB)

CICERO

AMC- CICERO 14 (DUB)

ELGIN

MARCUS- ELGIN 15 (SUB / DUB)

FORD CITY

AMC- FORD CITY 14 (SUB / DUB)

FRANKFORT

ARCANGELO- EMAGINE 10 FRANKFORT (DUB)

GALEWOOD

AMC- GALEWOOD 14 (SUB / DUB)

GURNEE

MARCUS- GURNEE 20 (SUB / DUB)

ROUND LAKE BEACH

REGAL- ROUND LAKE BCH 18 (DUB)

YORKTOWN

AMC- YORKTOWN 18 (SUB / DUB)

Indiana 

ELKHART

AMC-ELKHART 14 (SUB / DUB)

INDIANAPOLIS

THEATER SERVICE- GEORGETOWN 14 (SUB / DUB)

INDIANAPOLIS

AMC-WASHINGTON SQ 12 (SUB / DUB)

INDIANAPOLIS

GOODRICH- HAMILTON 16 (DUB)

KOKOMO

AMC-KOKOMO 12 (SUB / DUB)

LAFAYETTE

GOODRICH- LAFAYETTE 7 (DUB)

E. LAFAYETTE

GOODRICH- EAST SIDE 9( DUB)

Kansas

DODGE CITY

INDEPFILM – VILLAGE 8 (DUB)

GARDEN CITY

INDEPFILM – SEQUOYAH 8 (DUB)

Louisiana

NEW IBERIA

SOUTHERN- GRAND THEATRE 10 (DUB)

Maryland

GAITHERSBURG

AMC – RIO 18 (SUB / DUB)

Michigan

ANN ARBOR

GOODRICH-QUALITY 16 (DUB)

HOLLAND

GOODRICH-HOLLAND 7 (DUB)

ROCHESTER

ARCANGELO- EMAGINE ROCHESTER 10 (DUB)

SALINE

ARCANGELO- EMAGINE SALINE 9 (DUB)

SAGINAW

GOODRICH-QUALITY 10 (DUB)

Minnesota

EDINA

AMC- SOUTHDALE (SUB / DUB)

LAKEVILLE

ARCANGELO- LAKEVILLE 21 (SUB / DUB)

MONTICELLO

ARCANGELO- MONTICELLO 17 (SUB / DUB)

PLYMOUTH

ARCANGELO- WILLOW CREEK 12 (SUB / DUB)

North Carolina

CONCORD

AMC- CONCORD MILLS 24 (SUB / DUB)

DURHAM

AMC – SOUTHPOINT 17 (SUB / DUB)

GREENSBORO

SOUTHERN – GRAND FOUR SEASONS 18 (DUB)

PINEVILLE

AMC – CAROLINA PAVILION 22 (SUB / DUB)

RALEIGH

AMC – RALEIGH 15 (SUB / DUB)

WINSTON-SALEM

SOUTHERN – GRAND 18 (DUB)

New Jersey

CHERRY HILL

AMC- CHERRY HILL 24 (SUB / DUB)

CLIFTON

AMC- CLIFTON COMMONS 16 (SUB / DUB)

EATONTOWN

AMC- MONMOUTH 15 (SUB / DUB)

ELIZABETH

AMC- JERSEY GARDENS 20 (SUB / DUB)

HAMILTON

AMC- HAMILTON 24 (SUB / DUB)

PATTERSON

CIN SERV- FABIAN 8 (SUB / DUB)

PARAMUS

AMC- GARDEN STATE 16 (SUB / DUB)

ROCKAWAY

AMC- ROCKAWAY 16 (SUB / DUB)

RIDGEFIELD PARK

AMC- RIDGEFIELD PARK 12 (SUB / DUB)

New Mexico

LAS CRUCES

ALLEN THEATRES- CINEPORT 10 (DUB)

ALBUQUERQUE

CINEMARK- RIO 24 (SUB)

ALBUQUERQUE

AMC- ALBUQUERQUE 12 (SUB / DUB)

ALBUQUERQUE

REGAL- COTTONWOOD 16 (SUB / DUB)

ESPANOLA

INDEPFILM – DREAMCATCHER 10 (DUB)

ROSWELL

KAUFMAN – ICON CINEMA (SUB / DUB)

SANTA FE

REGAL- SANTA FE 14 (SUB / DUB)

SOCORRO

INDEPENDENT – LOMA THEATRE (SUB / DUB)

Nevada

LAS VEGAS

GALAXY – GALAXY CANNERY (DUB)

RENO

CINEMARK- CENTURY PARK 16 (SUB)

WINNEMUCCA

INDEPENDANT- PARK 2( DUB)

New York

BRONX

AMC-BAY PLAZA 13 (SUB / DUB)

DEER PARK

REGAL-DEER PARK 16 (DUB)

NEW ROCHELLE

REGAL-NEW ROC CITY 18 (DUB)

NEW YORK

AMC- EMPIRE 25 (SUB / DUB)

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY

HARKINS-BRICKTOWN 16 (DUB)

Oregon

HERMISTON

NWDIVENTL-HERMISTON 8 (DUB)

Pennsylvania

BENSALEM

AMC-NESHAMINY 24 (SUB / DUB)

Tennessee

NASHVILLE

REGAL-OPRY MILLS (DUB)

Texas

ARLINGTON

SOUTHER – MOVIE TAVERN ARLINGTON (DUB)

AUSTIN

AMC – BARTON CREEK 14 (SUB / DUB)

AUSTIN

ARCANGEL – GALAXY 10 (DUB)

AUSTIN

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE – SLAUGHTER LANE 8 (DUB)

BAY CITY

INDEPENDENT- MOVIE BOWL GRILL (DUB)

BEDFORD

SOUTHER – MOVIE TAVERN BEDFORD (DUB)

BROWNSVILLE

CINEMARK-CINEMARK 16 (SUB / DUB)

COLLEGE STATION

CINEMARK – MOVIES 18 (SUB / DUB)

CONROE

SOUTHERN – GRAND 14 (DUB)

CORSICANA

INDEPENDENT- MOVIE BOWL GRILL (DUB)

CORPUS CHRISTI

AMC – CORPUS 16 (SUB / DUB)

CORPUS CHRISTI

CINEMARK-CORPUS CHRII 16 (SUB / DUB)

DALLAS

SMG – NWY HIGHWAY 14 (DUB)

DALLAS

SMG – SPRING VALLEY 16 (DUB)

DALLAS

AMC – IRVING MALL 14 (SUB / DUB)

DALLAS

AMC – NORTHPARK 15 (SUB / DUB)

DEERBROOK

AMC- DEERBROOK 24 (SUB / DUB)

EASTWAY

CINEMARK-JACINTO CITY 17 (DUB)

EDINBURG

AMC-EDINBURG 18 (SUB / DUB)

EL PASO

CINEMARK – TINSELTOWN 20 (DUB)

EL PASO

CINEMARK – EL PASO 14 (DUB)

EL PASO

CINEMARK – EAST MONTANA (DUB)

EL PASO

CINEMARK – CIELO VISTA (DUB)

EL PASO

AMC – EL PASO 16 (SUB / DUB)

FORT BLISS

SOUTHERN – GRAND 10 (DUB)

FORT WORTH

ARCANGELO-LA GRAN PLAZA 6 (DUB / SUB)

FRISCO

AMC – STONEBRIAR 24 (SUB / DUB)

GEORGETOWN

INDEPENDENT – GEORGETOWN 12 (DUB)

GRAND PRAIRIE

CS – PREM LUX 10

GULF POINTE

AMC- GULF POINTE 30 (SUB / DUB)

HARLINGEN

CINEMARK-CINEMARK 16 (SUB / DUB)

HICKORY CREEK

AMC – HICKORY CREEK 15 (SUB / DUB)

HOUSTON

SHOWBIZ- KINGWOOD 15 (SUB / DUB)

HOUSTON

SHOWBIZ- LIBERTY LAKES 10 (SUB / DUB)

HOUSTON

AMC- STUDIO 30 (SUB / DUB)

HOUSTON

AMC- YORKTOWN 15 (SUB / DUB)

HOUSTON

ARCANGELO-AMERICAN CINEMA 8 (SUB / DUB)

HOUSTON

AMC – FIRST COLONY 24 (SUB)

HOUSTON

CINEMARK-TINSELTOWN 290 (DUB)

HOUSTON

SOUTHERN – WILLOWBROOK 1  (DUB)

HOUSTON

CS-RENAISSANCE 15 (DUB)

HOUSTON

REGAL – MARQUE STAD 23 (SUB)

HULEN

SOUTHER – HULEN MOVIE TAVERN 13 (DUB)

HUMBLE

SOUTHERN – DEERBROOK 24 (DUB)

KATY

AMC – KATY MILLS 20 (SUB)

LAKE WORTH

AMC – LAKE WORTH 14 (SUB / DUB)

LAREDO

ALAMO-ALAMO 7 (SUB / DUB)

LAREDO

REGAL – LAREDO STM 14 (SUB / DUB)

LAREDO

CINEMARK-CINEMARK 16 (SUB / DUB)

MCALLEN

CINEMARK – HOLLYWOOD 17 (DUB)

MESQUITE

AMC- MESQUITE 30 (DUB)

MISSION

CINEMARK-TINSELTOWN 17 (SUB / DUB)

PASADENA

SONORA- CINEMA LATINO 6 (SUB / DUB)

PASADENA

CINEMARK-HOLLYWOOD 20 (DUB)

PEARLAND

SMG – PEARLAND 12 (DUB)

PFLUGERVILLE

CINEMARK-TINSELTOWN 20 (DUB)

PHARR

CINEMARK-EL CENTRO MALL 16 (SUB / DUB)

RIO GRANDE

AMC-RIO GRANDE 10 (SUB / DUB)

SAN ANTONIO

CS – PALLADIUM 19 (DUB)

SAN ANTONIO

CS – MAYAN 14 (DUB)

SAN ANTONIO

REGAL – CIELO VISTA 18 (DUB)

SAN ANTONIO

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE – WESTLAKES (SUB / DUB)

VALLEY VIEW

AMC- VALLEY VIEW 16 (DUB)

WACOAMC -GALAXY 16 (SUB / DUB)

WACOREGAL – JEWEL 16 (SUB / DUB)

WEATHERFORD

INDEPENDENT – WEATHERFORD 10 (DUB)

WEBB CHAPEL

CINEMARK-WEBB CHAPEL 17 (DUB)

WESLACO

CINEMARK – MOVIES 10 (DUB)

WHITE SETTLE

SOUTHERN – RIDGEMAR (DUB)

WILLOWBROOK

AMC- WILLOWBROOK 24 (SUB / DUB)

Utah

OREM

MILLER-GENEVA 13 (SUB / DUB)

SALT LAKE CITY

MILLER-VALLEY FAIR 15 (SUB / DUB)

Virginia

ALEXANDRIA

AMC-HOFFMAN 22 (SUB / DUB)

MCLEAN

AMC-TYSONS CORNER 16  (SUB / DUB)

WOODBRIDGE

AMC-POTOMAC MILLS 18 (SUB / DUB)

Washington

PASCO

CFB-PASCO 12 (SUB)

SUNNYSIDE

NWDIVENT-YAKIMA VALLEY 12 (DUB)

TUKWILA

AMC-SOUTHCENTER 16 (SUB)

UNION GAP

AMC-MAJESTIC 16 (DUB)


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20 Movies That Came Before ‘Coco’ That Are Perfect For Latino Kids Right Now

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20 Movies That Came Before ‘Coco’ That Are Perfect For Latino Kids Right Now

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

When it comes to Latino representation on screen, the opportunity our kids get to see characters, stories and actors that are like them are few and far between. Here’s a look at twenty great movies that were made for kids in mind and are starring, produced by, and about Latinos. 

1. The Book of Life

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

The 2014 movie is an American  3D computer-animated musical fantasy film starring Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Kate del Castillo. It won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film that same year.

2. Ferdinand the Bull

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

The 1938 American short was produced by Walt Disney Productions. The movie is based on The Story of Ferdinand which was published in 1936. 

3. Zootopia

CREDIT: Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

Shakira starred as Gazelle in this 2016 film about a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist. In the film, Shakira plays a famous pop star.

4. Thumbelina

CREDIT: Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

The 1994 American animated musical fantasy film starred Charo as Mrs. Toad. The movie was based on a  book of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.

5. Shrek

CREDIT: DreamWorks Pictures

This American animated fantasy was loosely based on a William Steig fairy tale book and put out in 2001. Cameron Diaz starred as Princess Fiona.

6. Puss in Boots

CREDIT: DreamWorks Pictures

Antonio Banderas starred in this Shrek spinoff as Puss in Boots. The actors played a talking cat running from the law. 

7. The Prophet

CREDIT: GKIDS

In 2014, Salma Hayek produced this animated adaption of Kahlil Gibran’s book and took on the role of Kamila. The film did some gender swapping and was previewed at Cannes.

8. Spy Kids

CREDIT: Dimension Films

The 2001 American spy adventure comedy was produced by Robert Rodriguez and starred Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. The actors starred as a family that fights an evil mastermind together.

9. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

CREDIT: Dimension Films

Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara joined forces again to star in this film in 2003. The movie was another spy adventure comedy that followed the Cortez family on an adventure.

10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

Benjamin Bratt starred as Manny, Sam’s Guatemalan cameraman who was also a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.

11. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures

This 2005 adaptation of the book by Ann Brashares starred America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel. The movie was released in May 2004 and topped the Box office at 42.01 million.

12. Book of Dragons

CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

America Ferrera stars in this 2011 movie about a legend that pertains to new dragons.

13. Ice Age

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

John Leguizamo stars in this 2002 movie about animals migrating south to escape the winter. For his part, Leguizamo plays Sid a giant ground sloth. 

14. Home

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

Jennifer Lopez stars along side Rihana in this 2015 hit about a girl who manages to avoid capture of a space invasion. The movie includes Lopez’s ballad song “Feel The Light.”

15. Foodfight!

CREDIT: Universal Pictures

Eva Longoria stars in this 2012 animated adventure comedy alongside Charlie Sheen and Hillary Duff. Longoria plays Laxy X the character’s antagonist against a dog who is a private investigator.

16. The Cheetah Girls

CREDIT: Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

The Cheetah Girls debuted on Disney in 2005 and starred Adrienne Bailon who was a member of the girl group, 3LW.  The movie followed four teen girls living in NYC trying to score their own music label. 

17. Gotta Kick It Up

CREDIT: Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

America Ferrera starred in this film about a group of Latina girls who compete as a dance group despite the odds that are stacked up against them. 

18. La Bamba

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

This biographical movie about the short life of singer Ritchie Valens. Esai Morales stars as Bob Morales (Ritchie’s brother).

19. Around the World in 80 Days

CREDIT: United Artists

This 1956 American epic adventure-comedy film starred Cantinflas and David Niven.

20. The Maldonado Miracle

Salma Hayek stars in this Daytime Emmy Award special. Hayek received the award for her outstanding directing in the 2004 movie about a town whose faith is tested when a statue of Jesus appears to be crying real tears of blood.


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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

Javier Rojas / mitú

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.”

Credit: Javier Rojas

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.

Credit: Javier Rojas

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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