The adorable story behind the title of Pixar’s Coco

Hollywood isn’t known for celebrating older people. Or women, for that matter. And definitely not both at the same time.

So it’s rather heartening to learn that Coco – Pixar’s next original animated movie – is named after an old lady. Mamá Coco, the protagonist Miguel’s great-grandmother, to be precise.

“Pixar is nothing if not casting a wide net for so many things, so we try on every outfit in the closet multiple times, for sure,” producer Darla K Anderson told Digital Spy when we asked her about the title.

“But we kept gravitating back towards the name Coco. It’s a little bit mysterious, it’s got a warmth to it, it’s got lots of different meanings, but mostly we liked the idea that it’s named after the great-grandmother who’s the matriarch of the family and spans the generations and connects everything together. We really hung on to that.”

Coco explores themes of family history and relationships as Miguel is transported into the Land of the Dead. There he is reunited with his ancestors and goes in search of his musician great-great-grandfather, who caused all music to be banned from the family home when he skipped out on his wife. (Check out the new trailer below)

“At Pixar we’re all about creating really compelling, really engaging characters,” writer and co-director Adrian Molina said. “What I love about the fact that a lot of our characters are old or, especially in this film, have stories from the 1920s and the 1950s, is it sparks the imagination to think about how your grandparents grew up and the type of world they grew up in.

“Maybe the most foreign thing about this film is that so many of the characters lived in a past that we don’t live in anymore, and I think people nowadays are really interested in exploring history and exploring the stories of histories. I think there should be more movies about old women.”

The film features the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Edward James Olmos, with newcomer Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel.

Coco will be released in the US on November 22 and in the UK on January 19, 2017.

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