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Michael Phillips

'Coco' review: While not Pixar's best, 'Coco' is 'vividly good,' beautifully animated

'Coco' review: While not Pixar's best, 'Coco' is 'vividly good,' beautifully animated

“Coco” is the 19th title under the Pixar umbrella, an umbrella factory now owned by Disney. Is it a great Pixar film? No. But we become ingrates if we expect greatness every time. It is a solidly, vividly good Pixar film. Director Lee Unkrich and his animation and design collaborators pack every delectably overstuffed frame with a swarm of human or skeleton activity. The story they tell is a manic, occasionally erratic but finally warming quest spanning two worlds, the land of the living (a fictional Mexican village, Santa Cecilia) and the Land of the Dead.

The time is just before El Dia de los Muertos. Shrines to deceased relatives fill the haciendas all over the village....

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