Everyone’s favorite “I loved it so much it made me ugly cry” movie is coming to a Netflix near you. After breaking box office records in Mexico, winning an Oscar, and inspiring a local holiday in Los Angeles, Pixar’s Coco will be streamable starting May 29. The colorful Día de Muertos animated flick has charmed audiences around the world with its story of a boy intent on breaking family tradition and becoming a famous musician. But when young Miguel makes the mistake of stealing a dead artist’s guitar and finds himself in the Land of the Dead he must plead with his family ancestors to help him get back.
The film, which was co-written and co-directed by Mexican-American Adrian Molina, clearly struck a nerve when it came out last year. Not only did it offer a visually stunning take on the Day of the Dead so widely celebrated in Mexico (and beyond) but it infused its story with the family values that Latinos on either side of the border could relate to. Moreover, with in-jokes about Frida, plenty of alebrijes, and a slew of skeletons that echo the colors of the Día de Muertos, Coco felt like a love letter to Mexico at a time when anti-immigration rhetoric continues to be rampant. So put those Kleenex aside and set a date with Miguel, Hector, and Mama Coco when they finally hit the streaming service at the end of May – and if you can, fire up its Spanish-language version, we promise you it’s even better than the English one. And don’t worry, it still features Gael García Bernal.
Coco hits Netflix on May 29, 2018.