Why Coco’s Music Was So Challenging For the Pixar Team To Get Right
As a deep dive into Mexican culture and the traditions of Day of the Dead, Coco is a genuinely authentic film, and it's unlike anything that we have ever seen from Pixar before. In fact, I sat down with Coco composer Michael Giacchino during a visit to Pixar Animation Studios in August, and he admitted that authenticity was one of the most difficult aspects of the film, noting,
The sheer amount of effort that the Coco crew put into creating a truly Mexican movie is nothing short of astonishing. Coco's creative team immersed itself in Mexican culture, and then everyone involved in the film blended that intensive research with a story that they wanted to tell. For Michael Giacchino, that meant finding the right music genres and instruments that would make Coco feel like something truly out of the heart of Mexico -- as opposed to some other movies, which apparently often try to pass Spanish or South American music off as Mexican.
Of course, Michael Giacchino also made sure to note that he has faced some version of this challenge on his other Pixar projects like Inside Out and Ratatouille. The composer also explained to CinemaBlend that authenticity was a unique challenge for Coco, but each entry in the Pixar canon has provided its own unique hurdles and obstacles. Giacchino elaborated:
Coco is now in theaters and making a boatload of money at the box office, so that extra effort clearly paid off in the end. If you haven't already, make sure to take a look at CinemaBlend's in-depth review of the film, as well as our To 3D guide to figure out which ticket you should buy for the latest Pixar hit!
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.