On November 22, Coco, the new Disney Pixar movie, will premiere at the movie theaters. This new production is characterized by being a story based on Mexico’s Day of the Dead: an ancestral and mythical Mexican tradition.
For several reasons, Coco has generated many expectations. Since 2010, the entire team in charge of the movie’s production has taken a deep look at the Mexican culture, in order to highlight the cultural identity of one of the most remarkable traditions in the country. As a result, their findings included:
- The social role that mothers play in the family environment: Only Mexicans can understand the power and authority that a mother has in the family. In the film, the one who takes charge of the home, is "Mama Imelda": a selfless woman who above all, puts first the welfare of all her loved ones. Surely, she will remind you of someone in your family who, during your childhood, was after you, throwing at you the “powerful slipper” (known in Spanish as chancla voladora) to correct bad behavior.
- The strong family ties: When you watch Coco, you will realize the strong ties that Mexican families have, that despite everything, they never separate. Families may be composed of three brothers and eleven aunts; but they will never forget that they are one family all together. Perhaps, you may hear people talking about muégano families, and that is exactly what you will see represented in this film.
- The offering and love to our loved ones: Although families are getting smaller because some members die and leave this world, all Mexicans know the importance of keeping them always in our memory. The Day of the Dead offering is precisely that recognition to the loved ones who gave us love while alive and are no longer with us.
The Alebrijes and their meaning: These crafts can be found nowhere else in the world, since their elaboration and meaning correspond completely to the imaginary of Mexicans. The alebrijes (wooden or papier mache fantastical figures) that you will watch in Coco, illustrate all these traditions and customs that are behind its craft, its story and the stories themselves around these multicolored fictitious beings.
Without a doubt, the new Disney Pixar film is an opportunity to learn more about what Mexico and its people have to offer to the world: endless virtues, practices and expressions that surely, more than one will love.
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Photograps taken from de Coco's movie website.