|The Frankfurt-Tipp rating - Movie:|
|Genre:||Animation, Children's Movie, Adventure|
|Direction:||Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 105 Min|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, Italian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1), English (DTS-HDMA 7.1)|
|Subtitles:||Deutsch, Englisch, Italienisch|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.39:1) 1080p High Definition|
|Bonus:||Audio commentary, 4 featurettes|
|Label:||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment|
Film: 12-year-old Miguel has a dream: He wants to become a musician. The boy loves music with all his soul. But in his family every form of music-making is absolutely frowned upon, ever since Miguel's great-great-grandfather, a gifted guitar player, left his wife and daughter to succeed with his songs. It is precisely at the traditional "Dia de los Muertos" that Miguel has the opportunity to take part in a major competition in the market square of his hometown. But after his imperious grandmother destroyed his guitar, Miguel's dream seems to have come to an end. But then the boy finds out that his greatest idol, the great Ernesto de la Cruz, was his great-great-grandfather. He sneaks into the musician's mausoleum to borrow his guitar for the competition - and ends up in the land of the dead. He could very quickly return to his family if Miguel would forever give up music. Instead, the boy decides to search the land of the dead for Ernesto de la Cruz to be sent home by him and bring the music back to his family. But this project is more difficult than we thought…
With "Coco", the traditional Disney/Pixar Christmas film comes to our cinemas. The story may sound a little scary at first. But all parents can be reassured: The realm of the dead is colourful and very positively depicted and the skeletons living there are consistently sympathetic. There are hardly any really gloomy, frightening moments - but lots of humour, imaginative scenes and moving moments. Just like you're used to from Disney. The play with Mexican folklore gives the film a very special look, which is especially when Miguel steps over the flower bridge and enters the land of the dead. Here the team around Lee Unkrich ("Finding Nemo") and Adrian Molina created an absolutely fascinating mixture of fantasy and Mexican culture and tradition after extensive research in Mexico.
With a lot of love for detail, a world has been created that the viewer can hardly get enough of. Nevertheless, the story is not killed by the many visual ideas and can thus unfold its emotional impact very well. Even if the end is predictable for miles and hardly a surprise, there are goose bumps and wet eyes at the finale. The story revolves primarily around family and memory. But it is also a homage to music and to following one's dreams. Sounds like typical Disney motifs. And even if that's true and there isn't really anything new to be found, "Coco" has become an enchanting movie due to its well-balanced mixture of adventure, humor and emotion, which the whole family can enjoy. Absolutely worth seeing!
>Picture + sound: The wonderful richness of detail in the realm of the dead and the rich colors of the film are shown to advantage on the Blu-ray thanks to the powerful colors and the high image sharpness. A pleasant image depth and well balanced contrasts underline the positive overall impression. The sound is available in a pleasantly lively DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix, where the music and voices are well tuned to the various sound effects. Very good.
Extras: While the DVD buyers are looking completely into the tube when it comes to extras, there are at least a few extra snacks for those who buy this 2D Blu-ray. A test diorama (approx. 2:16 min.), a look at the importance of the family in history (approx. 10 min.) and an extra about dog Dante (approx. 6:14 min.) are on the programme. In addition, the art director reveals how to draw a skeleton (approx. 3:18 min.). In addition, director Lee Unkrich, co-director and author Adrian Molina, and producer Darla Anderson provide an insightful audio commentary, in which you can hear more background information about the making of the film.
If you want to see the complete bonus package, you have to go for the much more expensive 3D Blu-ray, which also has a bonus disc with more extras.
Fazit: "Coco" tells a rather conventional story by Disney standards, but does so in an extremely charming, imaginative, detail-loving and moving way. A film to laugh, cry and marvel at - simply wonderful. The Blu-ray convinces with a very good picture and sound quality, only the extras are a bit meager. Nevertheless there is a clear one: Absolutely recommendable!
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