With the frost on the pumpkins and the Halloween pumpkin spice lattes now pumpkin pie spiced lattes, I thought we'd take a look at what DCA did for Pixar's upcoming Coco. What we saw is just so special, it needed its own post.
The preview for Coco is apparently moving to the Bug's Life Theater for the actual preview of the movie starting this past Friday. I believe, with Christmas (the season at least) upon us, the ¡Viva Navidad! mini-parade will most likely take its place. I hope that Disney decides to integrate Coco into that celebration, they've put such loving care into the props and decorations they have now.
All of the decorations related to Coco were so specific to the film's art, and it was just fantastic.
Besides face painting, Disney had the beautiful Árbol de la Vida, or Tree of Life, where you could leave a remembrance of a family member who has passed. To see all the names and memories, not just in English and Spanish but Asian languages, nicknames and memories. It's really a simple "activity" that, if you go about it with the right intention, can be absolutely meaningful.
To see that in a theme park is exactly what does and should set Disney apart.
Someone make me these....please.
And, further into the Plaza, there is a recreation of the ofrenda Miguel has made for singer Ernesto de la Cruz.
Please note, I'm trying to give accurate information while remaining as spoiler free as possible. I want to see this with as much of a blank slate as I can.
I can't lie, I teared up. Not just because I'm a big baby who cries at everything (because I am), but it was just so moving to see, for something temporary, the care taken by Disney.
Like in Carsland, the Papel Picados are specific to the film. Those are the strings of flags you see up there.
Flameless candles, both safe and pretty!
Not real marigolds, I checked.
In the gazebo, the two Mariachi groups come to perform at various times in the day.
I didn't get to see the Coco celebration mini-parade, but I got to see the performers head out there!
Also, I'm including the videos I Periscope'd of both Grammy-Award winning Mariachi Divas, a female group (in case the name didn't make that clear), and Mariachi Espectacular, a wonderful men's group.
The Mariachi Espectacular performance was quite long, so YouTube made me post it in two parts, by the way.
So, how did Disney portray Hispanic culture?
Well, as an American of Hispanic descent....it was incredibly moving. If Coco is half as good as this display makes it look, it will be huge in so many ways. It will really shine such a positive light on Hispanic culture. While sitting for both Mariachi groups on two different days, I was amazed at a few things....
- Hispanic people enjoying the music of their own culture,
- Children of all colors stopping, and enjoying the music,
- Adults of all races stopping to take pictures and video as they passed by the performers.
The response people of all stripes had to the music and the performers was astonishing, and a beautiful picture of what the world is, people being interested and entranced by another group's culture, or their own group, for that matter. in my opinion, this is what Disney can do and be. THIS is what Epcot Center was meant to do, not just educate people, but to excite their interest. Coco has already succeeded as an ambassador of a culture, and if I could thank directors Lee Unrich and Adrian Molina for this, I'd be thrilled.
Pixar is known for their research and attention to detail. The French, wary of outside depictions of their culture, actually embrace Ratatouille to the point where a land dedicated to the film had to be built in Disneyland Paris. I have always had faith in Coco, but to see it actually coming to fruition has excited more than I even thought it would.
And I sincerely hope this movie does well enough to warrant a land. I don't think that's asking too much.....
I will criticize Disney where I need to, but here, they've knocked it out of the park. Thank you to ALL those involved in putting the Celebration of Coco together and I'm so looking forward to the film.
And before you ask, yes, I will review the film once I get to see it.
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