Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Meet the Undead: New 'Coco' Trailer Debuts

At long last, a trailer for the new original Pixar film Coco is here!

... It's really more of a second teaser, though.

If the first teaser for this film focused on atmosphere and the premise itself, this teaser is more about humor and some elements of the Land of the Dead. It was a gradual reveal with the first teaser, here we get another bite or two. Pixar's Land of the Dead is more mechanical and busy, unlike the stylized and abstract one we saw in The Book of Life. I think rings similar to Pixar's other established worlds and their inner-workings, like the Monster World, Inside Out's idea of what the mind is like, and WALL-E's 22nd century setting.

We have to remember that Pixar has stayed true to their overall look since day one, and they weren't going to deviate from it for this picture, no matter the subject matter or the setting. I know some out there may still think it visually pales in comparison to The Book of Life, but it's basically the Rembrandt vs. Picasso deal to me. Admittedly, I'm kind of tired of the "hyperreal" style that has dominated CGI for so long (and it's why films like Book of Life, Peanuts Movie, and Captain Underpants feels fresh to me), but I generally don't mind Pixar's style because they kind of originated it to some degree. (Open to debate!) So yes, I think it looks very nice, design-wise. The colors and lighting are spot-on, so that saves it for me.

There's also a new poster out, and it's stunning...

The full cast has also been revealed, and thankfully it's pretty much all Hispanic. In addition to the previously announced cast (Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor), we have: Ana Ofelia Murguia, Edward James Olmos, Jaime Camil, Sofia Espinosa, Luis Valdez, Lombardo Boyar, Alanna Ubach, Selene Luna, Alfonso Arau, Herbert Siguenza, Octavio Solis, Gabriel Iglesias, Cheech Marin (in his second Pixar role, he voices Ramone in the Cars series), and Bianca Araceli.

Overall, it's a nice taste of what's to come. I expect a full trailer for the picture to arrive either some time later in the summer, or the more-expected late September timeframe. Either way, it's Pixar, it's an all-new original, I'm there.

What say you?

1 comment:

  1. Frankly, I'm especially tired of Pixar going hyperreal as well. They need to make more cartoony movies as well.