I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry at COCO, Pixar’s latest. I need to stop making promises I can’t keep. Even the reason behind the film’s title brought on a little lip wobble. The studio really does produce emotionally mature animation, and with this coming hot on the heels (by Pixar standards) of INSIDE OUT, the cartoons seem to be growing up in real-time with their avid fans. Coco carries a real poignancy very appropriate to the Dia de los muertos; losing a loved one, while upsetting is not the end, and they never really leave us while we still mark their passing and remember the joy they brought us. The real heartbreak comes from those without anyone left to remember them, those forgotten or ignored by their surviving family for a variety of typically silly (in the grand scheme of things) family reasons. The animation is vibrant and imaginative and it’s wonderfully performed by the actors, singers and musicians, an appropriately festival-like experience with a thoughtfully sombre undercurrent. SSP
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