Coco

The world is always a better place when there's a Pixar movie on the horizon. Especially when it's an original Pixar movie. We're now less than a year away from Pixar's next original offering, which comes in the shape of Coco. To celebrate this countdown, the studio have given us the most in depth rundown of what we can expect from the film. And, as you probably predicted, it sounds amazing.

The studio provided the additional details regarding to Coco to Entertainment Weekly, explaining that it will revolve around the secret musical ambitions of 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), who lives in a loud and lively Mexican village.

Miguel has to suppress his love of music, though, because his family are actually the only household in their village that despise music. That's because they believe that they've been cursed by it. Instead, they're shoemakers, and are very proud of it. The alleged curse that has hung over the Rivera family stretches back to his great-great-grandfather, who abandoned his wife decades earlier so that he could go off and perform.

This meant that Miguel's great-great-grandmother Imelda was forced to take control as the matriarch of the Rivera clan, and her first act was to declare that music was completely dead to every single member of the family forever. Miguel won't be held back though, and his secret desire burns even stronger after he discovers a link between himself and the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). This provokes Miguel to try and emulate the legendary singer, and in turn he accidentally enters the beautiful underworld known as the Land Of The Dead.

Soon Miguel discovers the souls of generation after generation of his family; and while they're long dead, they're still bubbly and vivacious. Down in the the Land Of The Dead, Miguel decides to search for Ernesto de la Cruz alongside his new pal, a trickster named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), while he also has to earn his family's blessing to perform music in public. All of which he must achieve before his chance to return to the Land Of The Living runs out.

Well, I'm sold. To be honest, though, I am immediately intrigued by any original offering that Pixar has to offer. And with good reason, too, because they're the studio behind the likes of Inside Out, Brave, Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and the list goes on and on. In recent years they've focused on making sequels, though, which is why Coco will be preceded by Cars 3 in June 2017 and followed by The Incredibles 2 in 2018 and Toy Story 4 in 2019.

We'll have to savor Coco too, because Pixar have already confirmed that their subsequent original films won't be with us until 2020, when they'll compensate by releasing two in quick succession. Thankfully Coco sounds like it's going to be a vast, vivid, and wonderfully unique world of its own, and with Toy Story 3, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo director Lee Unkrich helming there's plenty of reasons to be excited about it.

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