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The Vocals In These “Coco” Song Covers Will Make You ‘Un Poco Loco’

It’s almost closing in on a year since Pixar released its runaway animated hit, “Coco,” which captured the hearts of adults and children around the world since it first appeared in theaters in November of last year.

The success of the movie has been translated into “Coco”-themed sweet treats at Disneyland, action figurines, merchandise, and more.

The movie’s charm has also found its way onto social media via some stellar cover versions of two of the film’s most popular songs. Here’s a roundup of some of the versions that make us “un poco loco.”

1. Cover by Luis Angel Gomez Jaramillo

Luis Angel Gomez Jaramillo is the voice behind Miguel in the Spanish language version of “Coco.” The 13-year-old’s charming cover of “Un poco loco” is bringing the lively vibes of the song alongside the strings and trumpet of a mariachi. The scenery in the music video is breathtaking and the inflection he puts on the words gives the song a pep in its step.

2. Cover by José Esparza

Born in Chicago and raised in Aguascalientes, Ezparza started playing his guitar in 2011. His rendition of “Un Poco Loco” is what serenatas are made of. You can feel the connection he has with the words.

3. Cover by Alexia Romero

Alexia Romero’s ukelele cover version allows you to learn how to play the guitar AND bust out a karaoke version.  Snaps to Alexia for having such a well-rounded tutorial like this.

4. Cover by Lautaro y Adrián Eduard

The guitar intro (and camera work) is shaky at the beginning of this version, but we (and over 1 million views) have looked passed it. A+ effort on the “Coco” costume! The video was made as a ‘thank you’ for the guests of Lautaro’s seventh birthday party. ADORBS.

5. Cover by Milan Musical

This cover is more than great! The “Ayy!” at the beginning, the Día de los Muertos-inspired face paint and the Hector cameo are all ????. Push play immediately to make your life better.

6. Cover by Dakota & Jeremy Lopez

Disclaimer: get some tissues while watching this heartwarming father-daughter version of “Remember Me.” The harmonies flow together effortlessly and the duo’s vocals softly lull you to sleep with this sweet lullaby.

7. Cover by Carlos Rivera

Mexican singer and winner of La Academia is the voice and face for Disney Music’s Latin America VEVO channel. This music video visualizes the flowers, colors and sights of a Día de los Muertos celebration in his native Mexico.

8.  Cover by Pedro Leitão & Maria Galante

Have you ever wondered what Hector would sound like in Portuguese? This delightful rendition of “Remember Me” can help you learn some lyrics in a whole new language. It’s a melodic win-win situation.

9.  Cover by Antoine Rinié

Antoine Rinié’s hauntingly beautiful cover of “Remember Me” is exactly what a great acoustic cover is all about: no gimmicks—just a guitar, a mic and some soul-piercing vocals. BRAVO!!

Do you have a favorite “Coco” cover version? Let us know in the comments below!


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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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