Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Pixar’s animated fantasy adventure directed by Lee Unkrich. The story follows the secret musical ambitions of young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Nothing's more important than family.' Miguel (Coco) Click To Tweet 'One cannot deny who one is meant to be.' - Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 36)
[Miguel watches an old tape of his idol Ernesto de la Cruz]
Ernesto de la Cruz: I have to sing, I have to play. The music, it’s not just in me, it is me. When life gets me down, I play my guitar. The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart. You know that feeling, like there’s a song in the air and it’s playing just for you. I hope you like it.
Ernesto de la Cruz: I am done asking permission. When you see your moment, you mustn’t let it pass you by. You must seize it!
Ernesto de la Cruz: [singing] The feeling, so close, you can reach out and touch it. I never knew I could want something so much, but it’s true.
Ernesto de la Cruz: Never underestimate the power of music. No one was going to hand me my future, it was up to me to reach for my dream, grab it tight and make it come true.
[as Miguel is secretly playing his guitar in the barn]
Miguel: Oh, it’s you. You’re going to get me into trouble, Dante. Someone could hear me! I wish someone wanted to hear me, other than you.
Miguel: I know, I’m not supposed to love music. But my great-grandma Coco’s father was the greatest musician of all time, Ernesto de la Cruz. One day he left with his guitar and never returned, now my family thinks music is a curse.
Miguel: Great-great-grandfather, none of them understand me. I’m supposed to play music!
Abuelita: No music! No music!
Abuelita: Miguel, eat your food. Here, have some more.
Miguel: No, gracias.
[everyone gasps in shock]
Miguel: I mean, si.
Abuelita: Now, that’s what I thought you said.
Abuelita: Go away, you! Go!
[as Dante runs off she throws her shoes at him]
Miguel: It’s just Dante.
Abuelita: Never name a street dog. They’ll follow you forever. Now, go get my shoe.
Abuelita: Día de Muertos has begun, it’s the one night of the year our ancestors can come visit us.
Miguel: I thought it might have been one of those made up things.
[Abuelita tries to hush Miguel]
Miguel: I was just…
Abuelita: Tonight is about family.
Miguel: I am not like the rest of my family. There’s something that makes me different.
Old Man: Alright, who’s in there?
Miguel: I’m sorry.
[the old man goes straight through Miguel, as if he’s not there]
Miguel: What’s going on?
[as people keep going through Miguel as if he doesn’t exist]
Miguel: I’m just dreaming.
Miguel: I’m just dreaming.
[sees a skeletal ghost and screams, knocks into another skeleton who’s head drops into Miguel’s hands]
Skeletal Head: Do you mind?
[seeing his dog in the Land of the Dead]
Miguel: Dante? Dante! You’ve got to stay with me, boy. We don’t know where we are.
[as he notices his surroundings for the first time]
Miguel: This isn’t a dream then. You’re all really out there.
Arrival Agent: Welcome to the Land of the Dead. Agents at the Department of Family Reunions are available to assist you. Please on the lookout for a living boy!
Mama Imelda: Miguel, what is going on?
Miguel: Remind me how I know you?
Head Clerk: They’re your family.
Mama Imelda: [to Miguel] We have to get you back home. Right now.
Arrival Agent: Welcome. Anything to declare?
Papá Julio: As a matter of fact, yes.
[they push Miguel to the front and reveal that he’s alive]
Hector: [to Miguel] I know your great-great-grandpa. I’ll get you to him.
Hector: What are you doing?
Miguel: I’m walking like a skeleton.
Hector: No, skeletons don’t walk like that.
Miguel: It’s how you walk!
Hector: No, I don’t. Stop it!
Hector: [to Miguel] If there’s no one left in the living world to remember you, you disappear from this world. But you can change that!
Miguel: We got to find my great-great-grandpa.
Head Clerk: You got to do it by sunrise!
Miguel: What happens at sunrise?
Head Clerk: You’ll be stuck here forever.
Head Clerk: [to Miguel] You’ve got to get home before sunrise or you’ll be stuck here forever.
Mama Imelda: Never forget how much your family loves you.
Mama Imelda: It’s almost sunrise!
Ernesto de la Cruz: [to Miguel] One cannot deny who one is meant to be.
Miguel: I’m turning into a skeleton!
[sneezes as Dante gets close]
Head Clerk: I am terribly allergic.
Miguel: Well, Dante doesn’t have any hair.
Head Clerk: And I don’t have a nose, and yet here we are.
Miguel: Great-great-grandfather, I want to be a musician, just like you.
Ernesto de la Cruz: [to Miguel] You, my boy, are meant to be a musician.
Miguel: We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.
Miguel: Wait. What happened?
Hector: He’s been forgotten. When there’s no one left in the living world who remembers you, you disappear from this world. We call it the final death.
Miguel: Where did he go?
Hector: No one knows.
Miguel: But I’ve met him. I could remember him when I go back!
Hector: No, it doesn’t work like that, chamaco. Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life in the stories they tell about us. But there’s no one left alive to pass down Cheech’s stories. Hey, it happens to everyone eventually.
Hector: I’m a pretty sorry excuse for a great-great-grandpa.
Miguel: Are you kidding? A minute ago I thought I was related to a murderer. You’re a total upgrade. My whole life, there’s been something that made me different. And I never knew where it came from. But now I know. It comes from you.
Miguel: I’m proud we’re family!
Miguel: I wasn’t in there because of Hector. He was in there because of me. He was just trying to get me home! I didn’t want to listen, but he was right. Nothing’s more important than family.
Miguel: You’re a coward!
Ernesto de la Cruz: I am Ernesto de la Cruz. The greatest musician of all time!
Miguel: Hector’s the real musician. You’re just the guy who murdered him and stole his songs!
Ernesto de la Cruz: Murdered? I am the one who’s willing to do what it takes to seize my moment. Whatever it takes.
Total Quotes: 36
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