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The Day of the Dead is nearly upon us, but before the festivities can start, we need to know more about Coco. The new Pixar film that follows a young Mexican boy named Miguel who accidentally finds himself stuck in the Land of the Dead, Coco is as much a love letter to the Mexico as it is to the holiday that the entire country celebrates in October.

Coco will be released a little after the actual Day of the Dead, which takes place from October 31 through November 2, but Pixar has dropped some charming clips and featurettes to get us in the festive mood.

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Coco Songs

Although it’s not a musical, Coco takes place in Mexico and pays homage to the country’s rich musical scene. And it’s a credit to the composers of Coco — and their cultural advisors — that the original songs in the Pixar film range from bolero ranchero, to son jarocho, to Huapango-inspired styles.

There’s a fair share of familiar mariachi songs and other styles scattered throughout the film, but the above genres describe the first three songs from Coco that were released in snippets this week. But most importantly, one of them has Gael Garcia Bernal singing. Yes, Mozart in the Jungle is finally flexing his singing chops.

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coco trailer

With the onset of fall, the season of Halloween and pumpkin spice is upon us. But more importantly, fall signals the coming of the joyous Mexican celebration, the Day of the Dead, also known as Día de los Muertos.

The Day of the Dead is the centerpiece of Pixar’s upcoming film Coco, a love letter to the Mexican holiday and the country’s music. Following a young aspiring musician named Miguel who finds himself stuck in the Land of the Dead during the Day of the Dead, the new Coco trailer showcases a lush, vivid vision of both the afterlife and the family in the Land of the Living that Miguel is so eager to leave behind.

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Coco Songs

Pixar Animation has another film hitting theaters this fall, and it’s unlike any movie they’ve made before. This time, the animation studio has assembled an all-Latino cast to bring to life the story of a young boy (Anthony Gonzales) who meets the deceased members of his family in The Land of the Dead after defying his living family’s ban against music in the Land of the Living.

At the D23 Expo, Pixar provided two Coco clips for the audience to watch and announced details on the music that will be a key part of the movie, featuring new songs from Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Check out our rundown of the news on the Coco songs and new footagebelow. Read More »

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For the most part, we know roughly what to expect from Pixar’s upcoming slate. Of the four films they’ve announced for the next three years, three are sequels — Cars 3The Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4. The sole exception is Coco, first announced back in 2012 and first named back in 2015. Details have been pretty sparse, aside from the fact that it’s being directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and centers around the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. But that changes today.

With about a year to go until Coco hits theaters, Pixar has unleashed a torrent of new info about their original adventures. For starters, we now know that the voice cast includes Benjamin Bratt and Gael García Bernal, and that the story centers around a little boy with forbidden musical ambitions. There’s much, much more where that came from so click through to get all the latest on Pixar’s Coco, including a new look at some art from the movie.  Read More »

Oblivion Vinyl Cover

Mondo, best known for being the limited edition poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse, is well on its way to becoming a big limited edition vinyl boutique as well. It has only released a handful of scores so far, but more are coming and each has been more beautiful than the last. The biggest release so far was last month’s Drive release with hot pink vinyl and artwork by Tyler Stout.

Next up is their first new release, the score for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Much like Kosinski did with his first film, Tron: Legacy, he employed a very talented, but very non-traditional composer for his sci-fi film: Anthony Gonzalez of M83. Gonzalez, along with Joseph Trapanese (who worked on Legacy, The Raid: Redemption and more) has created a unique, exciting and pulse-pumping score combining electronics and orchestra. It’s score that you’ll soon be able to pick up on vinyl the gorgeous artwork of Killian Eng thanks to Mondo. Check it out below. Read More »

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The first track released from the Oblivion score, crafted by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese, was a big layered cake of swelling synth sounds powered by a slow but rising drum beat. The new track is the title tune, which will likely play over the end credits. Like that first track, it features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, and is a more upbeat track right off the bat.

This one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however, so have a listen below — it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty.

Along with that tune, we’ve a new featurette, on the film’s Sky Towers. (We’ve also embedded one on the Bubble Ship that we hadn’t highlighted before, just to give you more from Joseph Kosinski‘s new film.) Read More »