Behind the Music of Disney*Pixar COCO Facts & Featurette #PixarCocoEvent #PixarCoco

By 11/29/2017 12:53:00 PM , ,

In Disney*Pixar’s COCO, Miguel's love of music and need to play, is the driving force behind the adventure he goes on in the film. So I'm glad I was able to learn about the films music while in San Francisco for the #PixarCocoEvent.

photo credit: Marc Flores / Pixar

Note: Disney and Pixar invited me on this all expense paid trip for the Disney*Pixar COCO Event. While I will share different events and activities during the trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own. 

During a presentation, Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Songwriter/Arranger), Camilo Lara (Consultant), Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director) & Federico Ramos (Guitarist) shared about the music's behind the scene work, including these fun facts:

  • Miguel recycled an old guitar, patching it up and painting it to mirror Ernesto de la Cruz’s signature guitar.

Orchestrator Germaine Franco, consultant Camilo Lara and writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina. Photo credit: Deborah Coleman / Pixar

  • All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitars to give animators reference footage.
  • To make sure it was authentic, they used local musicians to help create music you would hear if you went to Mexico.

Want to know more? Then watch this "Music of Disney/Pixar's Coco" video clip

Federico Ramos performs music. Photo credit: Deborah Coleman / Pixar

Photo credit: Deborah Coleman / Pixar

During the presentation, we also got a first look (and listen) at Ernesto De La Cruz icon guitar, which was recreated by the traditional guitar maker German Vazquez Rubio. It was lovely to see it "live" and hear an actual tune played.

Truly, while watching, you'll be able to feel both the love from the characters for music and from what the filmmakers put into making the music for Disney*Pixar COCO.

Get ready to sing along!

Miguel - Remember Me (Dúo) (From "Coco"/Official Video) ft. Natalia Lafourcade

Also you can read my interviews and fun facts recap for the Disney*Pixar COCO film:

Disney Pixar COCO movie poster


Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).

Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”).

To learn more about Disney•Pixar’s COCO, visit -


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