The Final Death occurs to be a dead spirit in the Land of the Dead if nobody in the Land of the Living remembers them. They will become weaker as the last living person who remembers them begins to forget them, and will eventually fade away into oblivion as they are forgotten.
The representation in Coco is a composite, but the individual elements would be recognizable to those familiar with the tradition. The film is rich in Day of the Dead imagery such as decorated cemeteries and ofrendas (offerings)—temporary memorial spaces devoted to deceased family and friends.
As seen in the Rivera family home, the ofrenda, a beautifully adorned altar in which photos and offerings comprised of gifts for the visiting spirits are placed, is the heart of Dia de Muertos. Drinks and favorite foods are laid out on the altar, along with things loved ones enjoyed during their lifetime.
Flowers, Butterflies and Skulls Are Common Symbols
What is this? In fact, they're the only living plants in the gorgeous world. This is because filmmakers learned that the cempasúchil, a type of marigold flower native to Mexico, is used during the celebration to place on ofrendas and around graves.
An ofrenda (Spanish: "offering") is the offering placed in a home altar during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration.
Coco provides us with a strong reminder that despite death, family history can transcend the years and continue to shape our families for generations to come. For families that may be grieving, we are reminded of many themes we've experienced throughout our own grief journeys.
We see Miguel set up his family's ofrenda as his great-grandmother Mama Coco looks on, carefully creating a shrine with photos of deceased family members and objects they loved in life illuminated by dozens of candles.
One thing about the film's story – if a spirit's family didn't place their picture on an ofrenda for Dia de Los Muertos, that spirit cannot cross over into the Land of the Living. It's heartbreaking because to them, they feel forgotten.
Coco holds a very special place in my heart. Not only due to it's fantastic animation and storytelling techniques, but to it's authentic representation of Latinx, specifically Mexican culture. It is truly a film dedicated to Mexican culture.
The orange flower seen throughout the film is the Aztec marigold (known also as the Mexican marigold or the Cempasúchil). The flower is used in the tradition of Dia de los Muertos in México to guide the deceased to the living.
While visiting Mexico, Coco filmmakers saw marigold petals scattered at cemeteries and used to make crosses in altars. That made a lasting impression that made its way into the movie.
The main reason you see skulls associated with Dia de Los Muertos goes back hundreds of years ago when the Spaniards conquered Mexico. It's a symbol used to show life after death.
While the lead up to Coco implied that young Miguel's great-great-grandfather was the musician Ernesto de la Cruz, we learn in the film that isn't the case. Instead, it turns out de la Cruz actually murdered Miguel's grandfather, and then, via flashback, we witness the murder, right there on screen.
A113. 'A113' recurs throughout Pixar projects – it is the number of a classroom at the California Institute of the Arts that was used by many of the studio's staff. In Coco, it is the number on the door of the Bureau of Family Grievances office in the Land of the Dead's Grand Central station.
Eyes. Pixar has given the skeletons in their upcoming film Coco eyes to help make them more kid-friendly.
For generations, the Riveras have banned music because they believe they've been cursed by it; as their family history goes, Miguel's great-great-grandfather abandoned his wife decades earlier to follow his own dreams of performing, leaving Imelda (Miguel's great-great-grandmother) to take control as the matriarch of ...
The photos in the altar play a key role in the movie. A photograph uncovers a secret about his past through a photograph in his family's altar. Coco's creators added an additional element in the movie that only spirits who were remembered with a photo can return to visit their families on Day of the Dead.
Photos and favorite objects: Ofrendas always include photographs of the deceased person(s) which in conjunction with the smells and colors of the flowers, candles and incense help the spirits determine where they should go to reunite and commune with their relatives.
The song sparks her memory of Héctor and revitalizes her, and she gives Miguel the torn-out piece of the photo from the ofrenda, which shows Héctor's face. Elena reconciles with Miguel, accepting both him and music back into the family.
“We put him in his secret attic space where he's free to be himself.” In this hideout, Miguel had created a kind of ofrenda for his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. It is here, in this secret room, where the 12-year-old boy passionately sings one of de la Cruz's songs.
On the Day of the Dead, Miguel inadvertently bumps into the family ofrenda, breaking a frame containing a photo of Imelda and an infant Coco. He discovers a hidden section of the photograph shows his great-great-grandfather, whose head has been torn from the photo, holding Ernesto's famous guitar.
“If there's no one left in the living world to remember you, you disappear from this world.
The central conflict in Coco revolves around aspiring musician Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) gaining new insights about his family's history and their relationship to music. Miguel's hometown has a rich musical history, but his family views music as a curse.