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Enjoy Family Movie Night with Disney * Pixar’s Coco – now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download

 

Simply one of the best animated films of the year (2017), Disney * Piaxar’s Coco, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. The film has even been nominated for Best Animated Film for this year’s Academy Awards (Oscars).

The film features the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor and Ana Ofelia Murguía.

Decades ago, Imelda Rivera and her three year old daughter Coco were abandoned by her husband (Coco’s father) Hector to pursue a music career. As a result, music was banned from the family.

Fast forward to today. Her 12 year old great-great-grandson, Miguel, dreams of becoming a famous musician. His idol is a man named Ernesto de la Cruz.

One day, Miguel accidentally damages of photo of Coco with her parents in the family’s “ofrenda.” A ofrenda is “a collection of objects placed on a ritual altar during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) celebration.”

Miguel discovers that her father’s face has been torn out. The odd thing is that he is holding the guitar of his musical hero, Ernesto.

Miguel thinks that means that Ernesto is his great-great-grandfather, so he enters a talent show for the Day of the Dead.

Miguel takes it a step further and steals Ernesto’s guitar from his mausoleum to use it in the talent show. Suddenly Miguel becomes invisible and no one in town can see him. The only ones who can see him are a dead dog named Dante and his dead relatives that came to visit for the Day of the Dead festivities.

Miguel also learns that stealing from the dead makes him cursed. He needs to return to the Land of the Living BEFORE sunrise or he will remain dead. But in order to return to the Land of the Living he must receive a blessing from one of his dead relatives. Imelda agrees to give him the blessing, under the condition that he gives up his dream of becoming a musician. Miguel refuses to accept that deal and sets off to find Ernesto to get his blessing instead.

I received a Coco blanket that we “fought” over (it’s SO soft and snugly!).

While searching for Ernesto, Miguel meets a skeleton named Hector. Hector agrees to help Miguel if Miguel agrees to take a photo of him back to the Land of the Living and give it to his daughter before she forgets about him and he completely disappears.

Miguel learns that Hector and Ernesto were once friends, but Ernesto murdered Hector and stole the music that he had written in order to make himself so famous.

To get rid of Hector entirely, Ernesto steals the photograph he gave to Miguel and destroys it.

Hector is actually his great-great-grandfather and Coco is Hector’s daughter – the only living person who still remembers him.

With his help, Miguel helps Hector and Imelda to reconcile. They then decide to work together to get the photo back from Ernesto to get to Coco before it’s too late and Hector totally disappears.

Will they be able to retrieve the photo, and if so, can Miguel get it to Coco before it’s too late?

Will Miguel ever get to return to the Land of the Living? If he does, will he give up his dreams of being a musician after learning the horrible truth?

To find out you need to pick up a copy of Coco. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Our plush Coco guitar is super cute (and comfy!). It was the perfect addition to our Family Movie Night.

There are A LOT of bonus features for this film (on the Blu-ray and Digital versions – no so much on the DVD version). I can’t possible list them all, so I’ll highlight a few. You’ll need an extra “Family Movie Night” just to get through them all.

 

Blu-ray & Digital

  • Deleted Scenes – There are several interesting ones, so this section is worth watching.
  • Filmmaker Commentary – I am not a fan of commentary so I always skip over that option.
  • The Music of Coco – This movie is all about the music. This is an interesting look into the music made especially for this film.
  • Paths to Pixar: Coco – Her the crew’s personal stories and how they go along with the themes of the film.
  • How to Draw a Skeleton – A quick and easy drawing lesson.
  • A Thousand Pictures a Day – Explore Mexico through the photos of Coco’s crew.
  • Fashion Through the Ages – Since the cast of the film (animated cast) are from different eras, it was fun to see how they came up with the various costumes for the characters.
  • The Real Guitar – Go behind the scenes to learn how Pixar artists created this unique creation.
  • Dante – Learn more about how they created this lovable dog and how the crew fell in love with the character.

There are many more bonus features (too many to list).

The DVD only features the commentary and Dante featurette.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this film was going to be my “cup of tea,” which is why I never saw it when it was out in theaters. I totally regret that decision now. I bet this film would have been amazing on the big screen.

I have heard a lot about the film. One thing many people have told me is to make sure to have tissues handy. They weren’t kidding! You do need a box of tissues (or two) for this film (no worries, most are “happy tears.”).

I love everything about this film – the story, the characters, the music, the breath-taking animation. No wonder it’s up for an Oscar!

I watched this film with my husband, twenty year old daughter and eighteen year old son. My kids tend to be a bit harder to impress when it comes to movies. They BOTH thought this was a great film. WOW! I was shocked to hear them say that.

No Family Movie Night would be complete without snacks. We loved the very colorful (and yummy) Coco themed popcorn.

My husband sometimes falls asleep during films (in his defense he gets up early for work and does a lot of work during the day). He stayed awake for the whole film. I find that impressive too.

Honestly, I cannot rave enough about this film.

The animation – WOW! This film is incredible. It’s so colorful too. It’s almost like a dreamy place to live. There is also A LOT of detail put into each character from their tiny strands of hair to movement of every joint on their bones.

There is so much going on at all times that it’s hard NOT to be totally engrossed by this film. It’s also a film that the whole family can enjoy – no matter how old (it impressed my teen and young adult).

Did you see Coco? If so, what did you think about the film? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section of this post.

Kimberly

*I received a free copy of the film and other movie related goodies. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.