'Coco' tops Thanksgiving weekend box office, beats 'Justice League' to a pulp

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As I sat in the movie theater with my mother watching Coco I could feel every Mexican cell in my body light up. It is simply a beautiful film to look at.

The film, which released a few weeks earlier in Mexico, earned $8.9 million on Thanksgiving and is expected to continue its good run over the Black Friday weekend.

Charting a different path, Pixar brought in cultural consultants, including playwright Octavio Solis and cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, who had been critical of the trademark bid. You'll also notice an homage to "Ghost" (1990), as ghostly Miguel walks through people, and "Back to the Future" (1985), as his body fades in a race against the clock. Katz has worked at Pixar since 1994, serving as a storyboard artist or story supervisor on many projects and films. It starts out amiable and engaging, but then zigs and zags in unexpectedly clever directions.

After being blown away by its 1988 short film Tin Toy, which is told from the point of view of a toy, Disney approached the then fledgling studio to create a feature film. But for most of the movie he's presented as just a silly and rather unintelligent dog. If so, what did you think of it?

The Dia De Los Muertos twist is that in order to truly get his family's blessing, Miguel has to go above his abuela's head (the one who smashed his homemade guitar) and get approval straight from his dead ancestors on the other side, residents of the city of the dead. Katz described how the story called for a place for Miguel to be alone with his music. Alcaraz, who had tweeted that trying to brand the holiday came across as "awful and crass", created the Mickey Mouse-spoofing cartoon "Muerto Mouse", with the caption: "It's coming to trademark your cultura". A scene of him playing there is one of the most emotional parts of the film, allowing the audience to recognize and connect with Miguel's passion for music. The studio followed the critically underwhelming "The Good Dinosaur" two years ago this month with the massive hit sequel "Finding Dory" (Pixar's highest-grossing domestic release ever before adjusting for inflation; and second-highest after adjustment) and the box-office underperformer "Cars 3" (Pixar's lowest-grossing domestic release ever other than "The Good Dinosaur").

That said, the Zack Snyder-directed movie has added about $309.8 million overseas, putting its worldwide total at $481.3 million. It wasn't exactly a short short. Although the movie is meant for a younger audience, it provides comedy for children while delivering clever jokes and dry humor appealing to older viewers.

Director Lee Unkrich previously helmed Toy Story 3 - one of the strongest Pixar efforts in my estimation. This emphasis on music was inspired by the research trips the filmmakers took.

We don't want to reveal too much, but Coco's afterlife draws from a number of inspirations, from Pedro Linares's iconic, colorful alebrijes to the traditions of the holiday itself, where a path of marigold petals leads loved ones back to the land of the living for a single night. "When we realized that, we definitely pivoted to embrace more of the connected nature of Dia de los Muertos".

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