'Coco' Filmmakers Present Footage and Share New Details on the Film at CineEurope 2017

This past week at CineEurpoe in Barcelona, Spain, Pixar Animation Studios held an early press preview event, showcasing footage from the upcoming film, Coco. According to Yahoo Movies UK, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director/writer Adrian Molina were on-hand as they shared candid stories, insights, as well as their journey into the making of the film.

Although Coco contains a darker subject matter (visiting the Land of the Dead), the film still manages to keep a light-heartedness as the film is peppered with high jinks and laughter — thanks to Miguel's skeletal companion, Hector. Speaking of Hector, the press event featured an animation test with the skeletal figure bouncing on a trampoline - only to have his limbs pop off with each bounce.

A post shared by Darla K. Anderson (@stardar16) on


Yahoo Movies UK sat down with the filmmakers and discussed the films pitch process, research trips and more — below are some of our favorite questions from the interview (to read the complete interview, click here).


Did you draw on any historical Disney representations of skeletons for this?

Adrian: We always used to have the ‘Skeleton Dance’ playing in the background of our story room, just to remember the history. It’s from the 1930s or something.

Darla: We had that looping constantly.

Adrian: It was always a fun touchstone just to remind us of the ability to have fun with it, and to create characters which so much potential for appeal in animating skeletons.

José Guadalupe Posada’s ‘La Calavera Catrina’

Then we also drew a lot of reference from José Guadalupe Posada. He’s a Mexican artist and his stuff is the iconic Dia de los Muertos imagery that you’ll see associated with the holiday. So letting that inspire this look and feeling of a world of skeletons that still has a lot of levity and a lot of color and vibrancy. It’s kind of ironic, but fantastic, that of all the places you go to in this film it’s the world of the dead that ends up being the most lively.


Adrian, what was your Pixar journey to co-directing ‘Coco’?

Adrian Molina: I started at Pixar as a story artist about 11 years ago and my first project as a story artist was ‘Toy Story 3’ with Darla [K Anderson, Producer] and Lee [Unkrich]. Very early on that project they just gave me a lot of freedom to explore scenes and adlib – if you will – in the storyboarding. And I enjoyed that freedom.

We just had a great relationship of creating an environment to make great scenes. So when I heard that Lee had pitched and got the greenlight for a film about Dia de los Muertos I was like ‘I have to work on that’. I come from Mexican heritage, I love working with Lee and Darla, and I started storyboarding on the film.

I may have been overly excited, but every aspect of it, I was super into it; it was all I would think about when I went home. There would come certain points on the film where story is tricky and solving problems, you can come at it from any number of directions, and you never know where the right idea would come from. But there were some problems that had been sticking points on our team for a while, and I said to Lee ‘I’ve got some weird ideas for how we might be able to navigate this, but I don’t have time to storyboard it right now. Can I write up pages, I just need to get it out of my system? You let me know if it’s helpful or not.’

So I wrote up some pages and Lee read them and it was just very fortunate that he was like ‘this has been a scene that has been sticky for me, but I’m interested in what you’re doing here. Do you have any other ideas?’ So I started writing more and more scenes. The more we sat in the story room and talked about how scenes could go, and what the movie could be, the more we just realised that we were on the same page about pretty much everything, so that very naturally turned into this situation where we both had the story in our brains, we were both agreeing on everything, and he asked if I would co-direct to be able to provide that voice and provide that perspective of the history of where the story had come from, and to get this movie finished.

Darla: He’s been a dream co-director on this film and so helpful in all of the reviews…

Adrian: I bet you say that to all the co-directors!


What are you hoping people take away from the film? 

Adrian: My hope is that when you’ve seen this film you walk away with two things. One of them is a desire to pick up a musical instrument and play it, just because it’s so built into the story and the character, that I think it’s infectious. The other thing is, in the spirit of the Day of the Dead, that you leave the theatre wanting to call up your family and ask them about the stories of your grandparents or your great great grandparents. Ask your parents about their own stories. A lot of the times we never get the opportunity to make that connection, or we never think to ask. I think what this film really puts a spotlight on is that so much your family’s story is your story if you only think to ask.

Darla: In particular to Mexico, like we did with ‘Brave’ for Scotland, or ‘Ratatouille’ with Paris, you get to vicariously go to an adventure in another fantastical, beautiful, different other world. We hope people fall in love with it as much as we have.

Adrian: It’s a party!

Darla: It’s a gorgeous party.


Share your thoughts on Coco with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum or in the comments below. Coco hits US theaters on November 22, 2017

Related Posts
- 'Coco' News: Film to be Released Weeks Earlier in Mexico (Oct 27), Animated Wrinkles & More
- 'Coco's New Trailer Has Been Released (First Easter Eggs Spotted) - Join us for a YouTube Live Event at 10 PM ET to Discuss
- Pixar Reveals a Few Insights into 'Coco' at the Annecy International Animation Festival

Pixar Post - Julie & T.J.

COMMENTS

Name

A Bug's Life,5,A113,1,Aaron Hartline,3,Adrian Molina,16,Alan Barillaro,12,Albert Lozano,1,Alex Mandel,1,Andrea Warren,5,Andrew Gordon,3,Andrew Stanton,55,Angelique Reisch,3,Angus MacLane,32,Animation Podcast,2,App Review,7,Apple Watch,1,Armie Hammer,2,Art,36,Art of Animation Resort,5,Artists Help Japan,8,Austin Madison,4,Awards,62,Beth Sullivan,1,Bing Bong,2,Blu-Ray,45,Bob Peterson,18,Bob Whitehill,2,Bobby Podesta,4,Book,1,Book Review,48,Box Office,2,Brad Bird,20,Brave,143,BREAKING News,42,Brian Fee,23,Brian Larsen,2,Buzz Lightyear,15,Car Toons,2,Cars,69,Cars 2,18,Cars 3,89,Cars Land,35,Cars Toons,12,Chris Chua,1,Chris Sasaki,1,Christine Freeman,1,Coco,76,Contest,11,Craig Foster,1,Cristela Alonzo,2,Cruz Ramirez,13,Custom Pixar Gear,6,D23,30,D23 Expo,1,Dan Scanlon,68,Dana Murray,1,Daniel Arriaga,2,Danielle Feinberg,4,Darla Anderson,16,Dave Mullins,10,Dean Kelly,1,Deleted Scene,2,Denise Ream,5,Detroit Auto Show,1,Dia de los Muertos,7,Dice Tsutsumi,7,Die Cast Cars,23,Director's Commentary,9,Disney California Adventure,30,Disney Cruise,3,Disney Infinity,43,Disney Infinity 2.0,6,Disney Infinity 3.0,15,Disney Infinity Next,1,Disney Interactive,1,Disney Movies Anywhere,4,Disney World,31,Disneyland,22,Disneyland Paris,8,Dominique Louis,1,Easter Eggs,34,Ed Catmull,26,Edna Mode,1,Enrico Casarosa,20,Erik Smitt,1,Everett Downing,1,Exclusive,14,Fan Art,31,Finding Dory,100,Finding Nemo,23,Forum,3,Fun Facts,6,Galyn Susman,7,Garrett Taylor,1,Giveaway,5,Google Hangout,5,Hawaiian Vacation,2,Hidden Items,2,Imagineering,3,Incredibles 2,25,Inside Out,150,Interview,30,Jackson Storm,10,James Ford Murphy,13,Jamie Roe,1,Jason Deamer,1,Jason Johnston,2,Jay Shuster,3,Jay Ward,8,Jeff Danna,2,Jerome Ranft,1,Jessie,1,Jim Capobianco,4,Jim Morris,3,Joe Ranft,1,John Lasseter,68,John Walker,1,Jon Reisch,3,Jonas Rivera,27,Jonathan Pytko,2,Josh Cooley,20,Jude Brownbill,2,Juliet Roth,1,Kelsey Mann,12,Kerry Washington,2,Kevin O'Hara,1,Kevin Reher,3,Knick Knack,2,Kori Rae,13,La Luna,18,Laura Meyer,2,Lava,19,Lee Unkrich,60,Lighting McQueen,34,Lindsey Collins,6,Lou,12,Luxo Jr.,3,Mahyar Abousaeedi,1,Marc Greenberg,1,Marc Sondheimer,3,Mark Andrews,37,Mark Walsh,34,Matt Jones,3,Matthew Luhn,2,Merida,13,Michael B. Johnson,2,Michael Blackmon,1,Michael Comet,2,Michael Fong,3,Michael Giacchino,20,Michal Makarewicz,6,Mike Venturini,1,Miss Fritter,1,Monsters Inc,41,Monsters University,173,Motorama,2,Movie Review,14,Mychael Danna,4,Natalie Certain,3,Nathan Fillion,2,Newt,1,Nick Pitera,1,Nicole Paradis Grindle,1,Owen Wilson,2,Party Central,11,Partysaurus Rex,45,Patrick Lin,2,Paul Abadilla,7,Pete Docter,101,Peter Sohn,32,Piper,15,Pixar Animation Studios,114,Pixar Archives,2,Pixar Canada,14,Pixar Concept Art,31,Pixar In A Box,1,Pixar in Concert,1,Pixar Minute,4,Pixar Pipeline Project,8,Pixar Post Book Club,12,Pixar Post Record,1,Pixar Shorts,115,Pixar Studio Story,2,Pixar Toys,47,Pizza Planet Truck,1,Podcast,61,Poster,2,Presto,1,Products,205,Products - A Bug's Life,7,Products - Brave,29,Products - Cars,34,Products - Cars 2,9,Products - Cars 3,19,Products - Coco,8,Products - Finding Dory,9,Products - Finding Nemo,5,Products - Incredibles 2,1,Products - Inside Out,14,Products - Monsters Inc,15,Products - Monsters University,22,Products - Ratatouille,7,Products - Shorts & TV Specials,46,Products - The Good Dinosaur,7,Products - The Incredibles,8,Products - Toy Story,22,Products - Toy Story 2,5,Products - Toy Story 3,3,Products - Up,7,Products - WALL-E,8,Radiator Springs,7,Ralph Eggleston,6,Randy Newman,4,Ratatouille,21,RenderMan,4,Review,22,Ricky Nierva,4,Riley's First Date,5,Rob Thompson,1,Robert Kondo,5,Ronnie Del Carmen,6,Sandra Karpman,1,Sanjay Patel,12,Sanjay's Super Team,17,Saschka Unseld,30,Scott Morse,1,Sharon Calahan,5,Shawn Krause,1,Small Fry,3,Smash and Grab,1,Soundtrack,41,Sterling,2,Steve Jobs,5,Steve Pilcher,1,Steve Purcell,18,Store - Amazon,51,Store - App Store,11,Store - Best Buy,1,Store - Disney Store,31,Store - eBay,5,Store - Hallmark,1,Store - iTunes,42,Store - Target,9,Store - Toys R Us,4,Tales From Radiator Springs,4,Teddy Newton,2,Television Specials,1,The Blue Umbrella,39,The Good Dinosaur,93,The Incredibles,18,The Incredibles 2,21,Thomas Newman,3,Tia Kratter,1,To Protect and Serve,4,Tony DeRose,1,Tony Fucile,1,Toy Hunt,1,Toy Review,22,Toy Story,82,Toy Story 3,3,Toy Story 4,26,Toy Story of Terror,37,Toy Story That Time Forgot,24,Trailer,112,Type - Books,16,Type - Clothing,3,Type - Collectibles,20,Type - Holiday,2,Type - Pins,1,Type - Plush,8,Type - Toys,20,UP,14,VanArts,5,Victor Navone,1,Video Games,47,Vinylmation,9,Wall-e,19,Woody,3,YouTube Live,3,
ltr
item
Pixar Post: 'Coco' Filmmakers Present Footage and Share New Details on the Film at CineEurope 2017
'Coco' Filmmakers Present Footage and Share New Details on the Film at CineEurope 2017
'Coco' Filmmakers Present Footage and Share New Details on the Film at CineEurope 2017
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fYMB_7JPNck/WUyT73Vvl0I/AAAAAAAAUcM/MqyBGRx1-UYA1IpMhIuT-ulyhrPTXqkEACLcBGAs/s640/Coco%2BCineEurope.png
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fYMB_7JPNck/WUyT73Vvl0I/AAAAAAAAUcM/MqyBGRx1-UYA1IpMhIuT-ulyhrPTXqkEACLcBGAs/s72-c/Coco%2BCineEurope.png
Pixar Post
http://www.pixarpost.com/2017/06/pixar-coco-at-cineeurope.html
http://www.pixarpost.com/
http://www.pixarpost.com/
http://www.pixarpost.com/2017/06/pixar-coco-at-cineeurope.html
true
3427415425395920086
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy