Perhaps now more than ever, a film celebrating cultures and traditions from around the world is essential, to hopefully have an impact on parents and children alike.

Step forward Disney-Pixar’s Coco, which takes place amidst the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) – as we follow a young boy who dreams of being a famous musician. Though with all living members of his family putting a halt to his fantasy, instead he seeks inspiration from the deceased, as he steps foot in the Land of the Dead, taking him on a profound and extraordinary journey.

To celebrate the film’s release, we spoke to director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, and the latter commented on the film’s poignant message.

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“This film represents a beautiful country and a beautiful tradition, and in a very positive light. We’re happy to be part of this positivity and part of a conversation,” she said.

Before Unkrich said, “Representation is very important. storytelling is one of the quickest ways to break down some of the barriers that we artificially put up between ourselves.”

The pair also discusses the lengthy process of getting this film made, and how helpful their research trip to Mexico was. They also tell us about appealing to both parents and children alike, finding a role for Pixar ‘lucky charm’ John Ratzenberger, and finally on their next adventure in Toy Story 4, and what fans can expect.

Coco is released on the 19th of January