“It’s amazing what this film has been able to do.”
“Black Panther” is on track to becoming a certifiable hit. The movie was released on Feb. 16 and nine days later it is expected to earn more than $500 million in box office sales. This total has put it above “Spider Man” and it is coming for “Wonder Woman.” Lupita Nyong’o, one of the main actors in the film, is proud of what the film has been able to achieve for black people around the world. Nyong’o sat down with Trevor Noah to talk about the enormously positive impact “Black Panther” and the ideal of Wakanda have had on people of color.
“We could not have predicted this, you know? Not only is the box office quite handsome but the effect it’s having on the world,” Nyong’o told Noah. “For the first time, I have seen people paying for other people to go see the movie and things like that. It’s become this community effort and that is incredible. From the very start when Ryan [Coogler] walked me through the story I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness. This is something that I want to see. This is a dream come true.’ We get to have a superhero that’s African and he’s fly, he’s badass, he’s intelligent, he’s got women all around him that are also badass.”
Nyong’o is also very proud of the effect the movie and the hairstyling has had on black girls and women. Nowhere in the film do you see women with their hair straightened. Every woman is wearing her hair naturally and Nyong’o told Noah that the simple gesture of having natural hair elevates it. It paints a better picture of what it is to be black and free from European standards of beauty.
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?
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