Pixar is generating plenty of exciting buzz with their first original movie in two years, that being Coco. Now the famed computer animation studio is looking to keep the excitement going with the release of a short film set in the same village as Coco, and it’s called Dante’s Lunch, and this one touches on the main theme that is at the heart of Coco, and that is Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is the Mexican holiday honoring those who have passed away.
So this short doesn’t deal so much with Coco’s lead character, Miguel, rather it focuses on his dog, Dante. But what does a dog and Day of the Dead have in common? Well check out the video player down below and see for yourself!
It is unknown at present if the short will be featured before the film, or if it will simply be part of the eventual bonus material in the home release. In the meantime it can be enjoyed here!
Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of Miguel, who resides in a lively, loud Mexican village but comes from a family of shoemakers that may be the town’s only music-hating household. For generations, the Riveras have banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it; as their family history goes, Miguel’s great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel’s great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of the now-thriving Rivera line and declare music dead to the family forever.
But Miguel harbors a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favorite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.
In the beautiful underworld, it’s not long until Miguel encounters the souls of his own family — generations’ worth of long-dead but no less vivacious Rivera ancestors, including great-grandmother Imelda. Still, given the opportunity to roam around the Land of the Dead, Miguel decides to track down De la Cruz himself. He teams up with another friendly (and skeletal) spirit — a trickster named Hector, voiced by Bernal — to find De la Cruz, earn his family’s blessing to perform, and return to the Land of the Living before time runs out.
Coco opens on November 22, 2017.
Is this a good move by Pixar to already release an animated short that ties in to Coco, but this far out ahead of the previously scheduled movie? Does the short film entice you even more to see the movie?
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