Pixar’s upcoming film, Coco takes us on a musical celebration of family, and on November 10, you can bring the lively music into your home as the official soundtrack of the film will be available from Walt Disney Records.
The soundtrack features original songs, a memorable score, and traditional Mexican sounds with Grammy®-Winning Singers Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade performing the end-credit version of the signature song “Remember Me”.
Back in mid-August, director Lee Unkrich shared some photos and details surrounding the scoring process with Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino.
Working with Pixar may be comfortable for Giacchino as the score for Coco is his eleventh project for the studio (with his twelfth project will be Incredibles 2 in 2018). “When I saw ‘Coco,’ a mosaic of emotions came over me,” said Giacchino, “It made me think about my family and my connections to relatives back in Italy. This film speaks to everyone.”
Joining Giacchino on the soundtrack will be a song by Oscar®-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs were co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina.
Also part of the team is musical consultant Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound. Giacchino worked with Franco, who composed the score for 2015’s “Dope,” to supervise the orchestrations and realize an engaging and specific sound. “She illuminated the complex richness of Mexican music so well,” said Giacchino.
“The collaboration between all the musicians on this film has been a beautiful experience.” Franco explored a varied list of Mexican instrumentation for the film, including a guitarrón, folkloric harp, a Quijada, sousaphone, charchetas, jaranas, requintos, marimba, trumpets, and violins. “We really wanted to marry this idea of original music with elements of Mexican music to create a unique balance of sound, harmony, and rhythm,” added Franco.
“I feel very excited to be part of a Pixar movie because I have loved those films ever since I was little. I really enjoyed singing a song that gives life, color and joy to our Mexican traditions, as the Day of the Dead is one of my favorite traditions and celebrations of our culture.”Eight-time Latin Grammy® winner Natalia Lafourcade
Co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, worked with Franco to write several songs featured in the film, including “Un Poco Loco,” a song in the son jarocho style of Mexican music performed by Miguel and Héctor on stage in the Land of the Dead. “This is one of my favorite types of Mexican music,” says Franco. “It involves a mix of indigenous, African and Spanish musical elements.”
Rounding out the final scene of the film is a song penned by Adrian Molina titled, “Proud Corazón.” “The lyrics in this song are probably the most personal to me,” said Molina. “It’s about filling your heart with the pride you have for your family, where you come from, and who you’re connected to. [It] speaks to this connection across generations—between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. Our thoughts, the memories in our hearts make it possible that our loved ones are always with us.”
- Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz)
- Much Needed Advice
- Everyone Knows Juanita
- Un Poco Loco
- The World Es Mi Familia
- Remember Me (Lullaby)
- La Llorona
- Remember Me (Reunion)
- Proud Corazón
- Remember Me (Duo)
- Will He Shoemaker (score)
- Shrine and Dash (score)
- Miguel’s Got an Axe to Find (score)
- The Strum of Destiny (score)
- It’s All Relative (score)
- Crossing the Marigold Bridge (score)
- Dept. of Family Reunions (score)
- The Skeleton Key to Escape (score)
- The Newbie Skeleton Walk (score)
- Adios Chicharron (score)
- Plaza de la Cruz (score)
- Family Doubtings (score)
- Taking Sides (score)
- Fiesta Espectacular (score)
- Fiesta con de la Cruz (score)
- I Have a Great-Great-Grandson (score)
- A Blessing and a Fessing (score)
- Somos Familia (score)
- Reunion Familiar de Rivera (score)
- A Family Dysfunction (score)
- Grabbing a Photo Opportunity (score)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (score)
- One Year Later (score)
- Coco – Dia de los Muertos Suite (score)
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If you want to get a flavor for the songs from the film already, Un Poco Loco and Remember Me have already been released — pick up the soundtrack on Amazon or Apple Music using these direct links.