It was a colorful, and festive evening as Disney/Pixar’s COCO took over Hollywood for it’s U.S. premiere at the beautiful El Capitan Theatre and I had the honor of attending!
Disney/Pixar’s COCO is a celebration of family, culture and music. The Hollywood Pre Party was just that – decked out in beautiful vibrant colors, amazing authentic food, beautiful dancers, live mariachi bands that could be heard for blocks, and laughing that was heard for miles. The party was a real family event, with rows of Coco themed arts & crafts and activities. I even had a little green screen fun!
I wish my photos did the evening justice, but there truly is no way to capture how fabulous this party was. Everywhere I looked there was something happening, and people smiling. It was such an amazing time and a real honor to attend. An experience I wont ever forget.
Of course every Hollywood Premiere includes celebrities, but what made this one so special was the fact that it was a family event. I saw a variety of film makers, and actors enjoying the party with their kids. One of the things I enjoy most about attending a Hollywood Premiere is that you never know who else will be there as a guest, a few that I spotted; Jaime Camil, Alfonso Ribeiro, John Lasseter, Guillermo Rodriguez (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Al Yankovic, Mario Lopez, Idina Menzel and Raini, and Rico Rodrigruez. It was such a fun crowd. I’m not often comfortable with taking photos/seflies, and felt we were all there to relax and enjoy the party, but I know it’s always exciting to see who attended, so I’m happy to share a few of my favorite red carpet pics, courtesy of Getty Images for Disney.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE MOVIE
Coco is a story based on Día de los Muertos, a tradition originating from Mexico, but the film plays like a love letter to all families. Miguel’s struggle to respect his family’s wishes, while fulfilling his own dreams is something we can all relate to. Each character is so well written and well played that the movie moves pretty quick, and is entertaining for all ages. Miguel’s journey is a heartfelt and exciting one, with just like real life – a few twists that audiences will not see coming. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments in Coco, but again like real life, there are a few tears as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. The film is filled with beautiful vibrant colors, and music that will keep you singing, long after you leave the theater. I feel the need to mention that Coco features the best animation that I have ever seen. A few of the scenes are so beautiful that they honestly took my breath away. This is a must see film for the whole family, and I’m predicting now that soon everyone will be loco for Coco.
Like COCO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarCoco
Follow COCO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixarcoco
Follow COCO on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixarcoco/
Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/coco
COCO is rated PG, and opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd!
Watch for more on Disney/Pixar’s COCO to be shared here soon, including interviews with the cast and film makers, and a look at fun, new Coco products.
Disclosure: Travel, lodging, events, and meals during this trip were provided courtesy of Disney/Pixar, Disney Studios, & ABC. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.