Pixar Reveals First Look At Coco, And We're Super Excited

With the recent exception of 2014, Pixar has made a habit of releasing at least one movie a year for a while now - but for only the second time ever, 2017 will feature two different releases from the animation studio. A few weeks ago we got our first look at Cars 3, but a few months after that movie's release, Pixar will be ready to bring Coco to the world. It's a project that was announced all the way back in early 2012, but now it will be in theaters in less than a year. And today director Lee Unkrich provided us with our first look:

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Posted on Twitter, this debut still gives us our first look at Coco's hero - a young boy named Miguel, who will be voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez. In case you couldn't figure it out, Miguel has a deep passion for playing music, and it winds up opening a door to a story of magical realism and an underworld known as The Land Of The Dead.

Based on a screenplay by Adrian Molina, Coco tells the story of Miguel as he grows up in a family that actually despises music - given that it's tied to a curse that stretches back to a story involving his great-great-grandfather. Surrounded by a love of music in his Mexican village and learning of a connection between himself and legendary singer Ernesto De La Cruz, however, Miguel can't help but be embrace what he is truly passionate about.

To his surprise, an attempt at emulating De La Cruz winds up leading him to enter the incredible underworld known as the Land of the Dead - where he is able to meet generations of family members who passed on long before he was born. With this accessibility, Miguel makes it a mission to get his family's blessing to pursue a life in music... but he must do so before his ability to return to the mystical world goes away.

Because Coco won't be coming out until towards the end of 2017, it's understandable that Pixar doesn't have a trailer ready just yet (unlike just about every major blockbuster that will be coming out in the summer, including Cars 3). For now, though, the first look image and the description of the plot has us very excited for what's in store. You can be sure that we'll be keeping a close eye on this film, and you'll be able to find a lot more updates about it as they break here on Cinema Blend.

In addition to Anthony Gonzalez, Coco also stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Hector (Miguel's friend); Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto de la Cruz, and Renee Victor as Miguel's grandmother (a.k.a. Abuelita). Disney will be releasing the film in theaters on November 22, 2017.

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