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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

7. The Prophet

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

13. Ice Age

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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