DisneyÂ·Pixarâ€™s â€œCoco,â€ a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones whoâ€™ve moved on to the Land of the Dead. Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael GarcÃa Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life. Directed by Lee Unkrich (â€œToy Story 3â€), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist â€œMonsters Universityâ€) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (â€œToy Story 3â€), â€œCocoâ€ opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
â€œThese parallel worlds couldnâ€™t be more different,â€ said Unkrich. â€œOne is the Rivera familyâ€™s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when theyâ€™ve passed. â€˜Cocoâ€™ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of DÃa de los Muertosâ€”one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.â€
Added Molina, â€œOur voice cast is incredibly talented, helping to shape our eclectic group of characters. Each actor has told us they find something relatable in this film, so theyâ€™re finding it easy to capture the heart of this storyâ€”itâ€™s all about family, so we hope that these characters will resonate with everyone.â€
FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING
- ANTHONY GONZALEZÂ (â€œIce Box,â€ TNTâ€™s â€œThe Last Shipâ€) lends his voice to MIGUEL, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his familyâ€™s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before itâ€™s too late.
- ANA OFELIA MURGUÃAÂ (Amazonâ€™s â€œMozart in the Jungle,â€ â€œBandidasâ€) voices Miguelâ€™s cherished great-grandmother MAMÃ COCO. She is very old and fragile, but that doesnâ€™t stop Miguel from sharing his daily adventures with her.
- RENÃ‰E VICTORÂ (â€œWeeds,â€ â€œThe Apostleâ€) provides the authoritative voice of ABUELITA, Miguelâ€™s grandmother and the ultimate enforcer of the Rivera familyâ€™s ban on music. She loves her family very much and will do anything to protect them. But when she gets angry, she wields a mean slipper.
- JAIME CAMILÂ (CWâ€™s â€œJane the Virgin,â€ Disney Juniorâ€™s â€œElena of Avalor,â€ â€œSecret Lives of Petsâ€) is the voice of PAPÃ, Miguelâ€™s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.
- SOFÃA ESPINOSA (â€œGloriaâ€)Â provides the voice of Miguelâ€™s loving MAMÃ who gently encourages her son to embrace their familyâ€™s traditions.
- LUIS VALDEZÂ (â€œWhich Way Is Up,â€ director â€œLa Bambaâ€ & â€œCisco Kidâ€) is the voice of TÃO BERTO, Miguelâ€™s uncle, a hard worker in the Rivera family shoemaking business.
- LOMBARDO BOYARÂ (â€œHappy Feet,â€ TNTâ€™s â€œMurder in the Firstâ€) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.
FROM THE LAND OF THE DEAD
- GAEL GARCÃA BERNALÂ (Amazonâ€™s â€œMozart in the Jungleâ€) helps bring to life HECTOR, a charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.
- BENJAMIN BRATTÂ (FOXâ€™s â€œStar,â€ â€œDoctor Strangeâ€) is the voice of Miguelâ€™s idol ERNESTO DE LA CRUZ, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.Â Â Â
- EDWARD JAMES OLMOSÂ (â€œBlade Runner,â€ â€œStand and Deliverâ€) lends his voice to CHICHARRÃ“N, a curmudgeonly friend of Hectorâ€™s who is sadly being forgottenâ€”an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.
- ALANNA UBACHÂ (â€œMeet the Fockers,â€ Bravoâ€™s â€œGirlfriendsâ€™ Guide to Divorceâ€) provides the voice of MAMÃ IMELDA, Miguelâ€™s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets MamÃ¡ Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music.Â
- SELENE LUNAÂ (â€œMy Bloody Valentine,â€ â€œCelebrity Wife Swap”) voices TÃA ROSITA, Miguelâ€™s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.
- ALFONSO ARAUÂ (â€œThree Amigos,â€ director/producer â€œLike Water for Chocolate,â€ director â€œA Walk in the Cloudsâ€) is the voice of PAPÃ JULIO, Miguelâ€™s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead.
- HERBERT SIGUENZAÂ (â€œLarry Crowne,â€ â€œBen 10: Alien Swarmâ€) lends his voice to both TÃO OSCAR and TÃO FELIPE, Miguelâ€™s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead.
- OCTAVIO SOLISÂ playwright â€œLydia, Santos & Santosâ€) is the voice of an ARRIVAL AGENT in the Land of the Deadâ€™s Grand Central Station.
- GABRIEL IGLESIASÂ (â€œPlanes,â€ â€œThe Nut Job,â€ â€œThe Nut Job 2: Nutty by Natureâ€) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Deadâ€™s â€œDepartment of Family Reunions.â€
- CHEECH MARINÂ (â€œCars 3,â€ â€œTin Cup,â€ CBSâ€™ â€œNash Bridgesâ€) is the voice of a CORRECTIONS OFFICER in the Land of the Dead.
- BLANCA ARACELIÂ (â€œThe Bridgeâ€) voices the EMCEE for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.