It’s an interesting time for Disney-Pixar; sequels are the norm in this run of movies. Finding Dory and Cars 3 hit screens during the past few years, and The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 are on the way. The lone exception is Coco, which arrived in theaters on Thanksgiving week. With little competition at the box office, it’s reached #1 for three straight weeks in the U.S. More importantly, the worldwide numbers have been quite strong. Reactions from audiences and critics have also been very positive judging by Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB scores.
As the lone original Pixar release in a five-year stretch (the next one won’t arrive until 2020), Coco has added pressure to succeed. The last thing we want is management deciding that only proven commodities sell tickets. The latest episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is all about Coco. My family caught up with it this past weekend, and I have plenty to say about it. We also managed to avoid Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (not by design), so that was an added bonus.
During my podcast review, I cover a wide range of topics including these questions:
- What are the highlights that make Coco such a memorable film?
- Why does this movie connect so strongly with my emotions, particularly as a dad?
- Will Coco have a chance to do well at the Oscars?
- How does the story treat the Mexican culture and Dia de Muertos?
- Where would Coco rank when compared to recent Disney-Pixar releases?
- Would a Coco attraction be a good replacement for the Gran Fiesta Tour?
Matt Zoller Seitz’s review of Coco on RogerEbert.com
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