I finally saw the entire film and was blown away by the music of COCO. A few months ago, I saw a portion of the movie at Pixar Animation Studios and was able to sit down with Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Songwriter/Arranger), Camilo Lara (Consultant), Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director) & Federico Ramos (Guitarist). The filmmakers focused on making the music of COCO extremely authentic because the film is a celebration of music and family.
Music is such a large part of the movie COCO because the main character is an aspiring musician. Adrian Molina (writer & co-director) said that they didn’t want music to just be in incidental to the film, but instead crucial to the storytelling.
The family in COCO has one rule “no music” and this creates conflict in the story because Miguel wants to be a musician.
Development of the Music of COCO
Miguel’s Idol – Ernesto de la Cruz comes from the same town as him and people from all over Mexico come to the town to play music. The filmmakers wanted to fill the film and the town with music and did research on music in Mexico by bringing all kinds of Mexican musicians to the studio to hear (and record) them playing all sorts of Mexican instruments. The cords being played by the characters are actual cords played by musicians.
Miguel uses music to forge his story from the land of the living to the land of the dead. The song Remember Me was written by the music team behind Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. It is supposed to express the larger than life aspect of Ernesto de la Cruz character. It also shows the theme from the film that you should remember you ancestors with on the Day of the Dead. The song is supposed to be popular and it is a song that everyone knows. It is like Happy Birthday in the US – everyone knows this song. In the film, they made the initial presentation of this song a very Hollywood moment with tons of dancers, mariachi, and even banda.
Un Poco Loco
Learn more about the new movie COCO with interview the filmmakers behind this awesome movie. We learned 11 fun facts about bringing the skeleton’s to life and all about alebrijes. I have fallen in love with them and want to start collecting them on my next trip to Mexico and maybe my next trip to Mexico at Epcot. My daughter has been calling COCO the guitar movie. We have been coloring these COCO Free Printable Coloring Sheets for weeks.
More about Pixar’s COCO
- DOWNLOAD Disney Pixar’s Printable for COCO here
- 9 Fun Facts about Alebrijes with COCO’s Pepita & Dante
- 8 Details about the History and Significance of Dia de los Muertos
COCO is in theaters now!
Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend this all expense paid press trip, but all opinions are 100% my own. Thanks so much! XOXO