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Pixar’s latest trailer for “Coco” is actually a short film created just prior to the development of the Dia de los Muertos-themed animated feature. According to Yahoo Movies, “Dante’s Lunch… A Short Tail” was developed before “Coco” to give animators a better sense of the character Dante, a Mexican hairless dog (xoloitzcuintle) who is the sidekick of the film’s protagonist, Miguel. According to Aztec mythology, the xoloitzcuintle helped the souls of the dead pass through to the underworld, called Mictlán.
“We just were really happy with how it came out and thought we would share it with the world as a little appetizer until the movie comes out,” said director Lee Unkrich to Yahoo Movies.
In the short, Dante is rummaging through a trash can when he finds a delectable bone. Just as he takes a bite, a mysterious force pulls the bone away from Dante. The xolo gives chase through his town and just when he thinks he’s got his prize, we realize it belongs to someone else. That someone else is Hector, the skeleton spirit voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal.
“Coco” is scheduled for release in the U.S. during Thanksgiving.