A new clip from Pixar’s Coco includes some hidden references to other Pixar films, namely Toy Story and Finding Nemo. The studio’s latest film will take the audience on a journey through the Land of the Dead and the Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), following a young boy named Miguel who finds himself in the Land of the Dead while pursuing his dream of becoming a musician.
With the release date fast approaching, Disney and Pixar have been sharing their final teases for the film, including a final trailer for Coco and a few clips. Coco joins a big family of successful animated films by Pixar, including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo among others. Sharp-eyed viewers have been pointing out through the years that all Pixar films are connected, whether by family ties or by a common element appearing in every film. Coco will not be left out of the game, as seen in a newly released clip that includes some subtle references to previous Pixar films.
The clip (shown above) is titled “Not Like the Rest” and features Miguel and his grandma, who unlike the rest of the town’s residents (including her grandson) is not into music. Although the clip is a bit less than a minute long, it includes Toy Story and Finding Nemo Easter eggs – one easier to find than the other. During the first seconds of the clip, the now classic Pizza Planet truck can be seen passing in front of Miguel’s window. The truck has appeared, one way or another, in every Pixar film except The Incredibles.
Around the 0:38 mark, when Miguel is following the rhythm with the alebrijes (Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, with bright colors and patterns) a few clown fishes can be spotted on the table, as well as a regal blue tang – just like Nemo, Marlin, and Dory. Coco’s director Lee Unkrich has worked on most Pixar films, co-directing Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and directing Toy Story 3 among his work as editor and producer in other films. Even if it’s a tradition from the studio to add references to other films, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see more Easter eggs from other films directed by Unkrich.
Set in Mexico during the holiday of Día de Muertos, Coco follows Miguel (Anthony González), a young boy who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). While trying to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he embarks on a journey to unlock the real story behind his family history.
Pixar’s attention to detail is outstanding, giving fans a lot to look for in every film, especially when it comes to Easter eggs related to previous Disney/Pixar stories. This clip shows only a small part of how Coco connects to its predecessors, but surely the film features a lot more Easter eggs – you just have to pay close attention.
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