Arriving at any red carpet premiere is an unforgettable experience. Each premiere is a unique party and the Disney Pixar COCO premiere was one I will never forget. I honestly felt like I was transported to a party in Mexico with a live mariachi band and dancers in colorful costumes. After the premiere party we got to see COCO for the first time with the cast and filmmakers.
The COCO Premiere Party
The COCO premiere was held on Hollywood Boulevard with COCO showing in the legendary El Capitan Theatre. A huge tent was set up right on the street with a marigold orange carpet. No red carpets for this premiere! Fans line the fence wanting to get a glimpse of each celebrity.
After walking through the entrance and snapping photos on the orange carpet, we were greeted with the sounds of a live mariachi band and dancers in the most gorgeous costumes. The colors were so bright and vibrant! Beautiful papel picado, Mexican folk art, lined the tops of the tents.
No premiere party is complete without amazing food! They served quesadillas, churros and more Mexican themed treats. We could create our own crafts, papel picado and event get an airbrushed COCO themed tattoo!
The video below captures the premiere experience perfectly. Check minute 5:35 and you’ll see me in the front row inside the El Capitan Theatre!
My COCO Movie Review
Disney Pixar’s COCO is without a doubt one of my favorite Pixar films to date. This movie is everything you think it will be and more. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect since I don’t know a lot about Mexican culture but this movie is for everyone! It is one of the most touching Pixar films to date!
In COCO you’ll be taken on an adventure with aspiring musician 12-year-old Miguel (voice by Anthony Gonzalez) and his family, both living and dead. Miguel is confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music and we follow him as he enters the Land of the Dead. You will quickly fall in love with this land even though it’s comprised of the skeletons of dead relative.
Although you will definitely want to take your tissues, this movie is a fun adventure with the most gorgeous Mexican art. With an all-Latino cast you’ll learn more about Mexican traditions and the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday.
Pixar is in a league of their own when it comes to animation and COCO is no exception! The movie shows that there is still life in death captured so beautifully through animation. This will be a movie we will share for many generations.
Although this movie does talk about death, I don’t see it being scary for little ones. Instead, the creators give us a way to speak about those no longer with us in a fun adventure.
Of course, with Pixar and Disney comes many great songs for sing-a-longs with our children. Miguel comes from a family of musicians and his talent shines through when he plays the guitar. Be sure to grab a COCO soundtrack so you can sing-a-long with your children when you watch the movie in theaters!
Will Miguel make it back to the Land of the Living? You’ll find out when you head out to theaters to see COCO this Thanksgiving!
Watch the official trailer for COCO below:
Don’t forget! Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be shown for a limited time in theaters before COCO!
Fun for you and your kids: Disney Pixar’s Coco Printable Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets
Check out all the great interviews from this press trip:
Edward James Olmos Talks COCO and Celebrating Day of the Dead
A Journey Full of Emotions with COCO Creators
COCO Gritos and Singing with Anthony Gonzalez and Alanna Ubach
The Ultimate Disney Pixar’s COCO Gift Guide
Finding Our Traditions in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Gael Garcia Bernal Reflects on the Celebration of COCO
Baymax Returns with Big Hero 6 The Series
Benjamin Bratt Celebrates the Latin Culture in COCO
Designated Survivor Brings Women in Power While Balancing Politics
Jason Ritter Perfect Fit for Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Disney Pixar’s COCO is in theaters everywhere!