I have been invited by Disney to Pixar for all things Coco. All opinions shared here are 100% my own.
At the D23 Expo Disney and Pixar Animation Panel, we got an amazing glimpse of what is to come in the Disney-Pixar animated film Coco. As a matter of fact, the Coco presentations turned into a colorful celebration of dance and music. As I get ready to go to Pixar for the first time ever, please excuse how my inner geek is about to become serious business. Ladies and gentlemen, Next Stop: Disney-Pixar and Coco!
Disney-Pixar and Coco
Coco will be in theaters everywhere on November 22nd. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for it. Get ready because a visit to the land of the dead will be Disney magic fantastic with the amazing storytelling that Pixar always shares. We are going to be busy:
Coco Screening and Music
The first thing we are going to do is screen some footage of Coco. Music is s big part of the film. So, we will sit with Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Orchestrator), Camilo Lara (Consultant) and Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director) to talk about it
For this universal family story, we will get from Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director), Dean Kelly (Story Artist) details on the inspiration of Coco as well as the research that went into being faithful to specific cultural traditions and then bringing the Día de los Muertos to life in the film.
Scenery, Set up and Character Creation
Next, we will explore the land of the dead with Harley Jessup (Production Designer), Danielle Feinberg (DP-Lighting), Chris Bernardi (Sets Supervisor). They will take us through the research and imagination bits that were used to create the land of the dead. That means we will have to talk about bringing skeletons to life, so Daniel Arriaga (Character Art Director), Gini Santos (Supervising Animator), Byron Bashforth (Character Shading Lead), Emron Grover (Simulation Technical Director) will teach us how they designed animated and clothed these skeleton characters. Alonso Martinez (Character/Rigging Artist), Nick Rosario (Directing Animator), and Christian Hoffman (Characters Supervisor) will join the conversation to talk about Miguel’s faithful companion Dante and Pepita, their loyal guardian.
More Cultural Details
Because I played plenty with alebrijes and imagined them vividly flying around my living room, I am personally, I am looking forward to our ALEBRIJES WORKSHOPS where we will learn about the folk art behind Alebrijes and see how the Alebrijes in Coco were brought to life.
Walt Disney Family Museum
- “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” exhibit – Andreas Deja was the Supervising Animator for “Scar” in THE LION KING. Remember it will be out on DVD on 8/29!
- “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” exhibit
Be a Part of our Coco Trip: share your questions!
24 other amazing bloggers and I invite you to come along virtually using the hashtag #PixarCocoEvent. We can’t wait to share it all with you. Now that you know what we will be learning and who we will be talking to, please do share in the comments below your Coco related questions. I will make sure to ask for you.
So who are your questions for and what are your questions?