In episode 057 of the Pixar Post Podcast, we bring you to Pixar Animation Studios for the Coco press event and we dive into our experience at the two-day event.
We also share the full audio from the 30-minute filmmaker roundtable discussion with Lee Unkrich (Director), Darla K. Anderson (Producer), and Adrian Molina (Co-Director).
Note that there are some light spoilers in the podcast — nothing about the plot is revealed, but insights into the film and its creation are discussed. (Read below for a summarized view of the questions answered in the session.)
- Kicking off the show we start with our discussion highlighting Julie’s trip to Pixar, noting the highlights from visiting the studio (including the store), her thoughts on the 35-minute screening, and our feedback on the roundtable interview.
Summary of questions asked during the roundtable
- How many references are there to The Shining in Coco?
- What other movies influenced how the afterlife was depicted in Coco?
- How would you like Mexican communities and cultures to view the film?
- Was there any concern with the number of characters in the film?
- What is Miguel’s character arc? (Not answered)
- Will people feel left out since there are moments of untranslated Spanish throughout the film?
- Are there Mexican historical figures in the film?
- Where did the idea for the film come from and were there concerns since you’re not Latino?
- What role did the cultural consultants play that you brought on?
- Will John Ratzenburger still lend his vocal talents to the film (even though it’s an all-Latin cast)?
- Much like other Pixar films, are there still subtle lighting cues which signify struggle and success even though the film contains a lot of darkness?
- The film is elaborate in size and scale, did the studio ever say “no” to something on the film because it was too expensive?
- Were there a lot of new programs which had to be created to accommodate the film’s production?