The story of Coco centers on Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) a young boy who is eager to become a musician. One Dia de los Muertos Miguel's life is turned upside down when he transported to the Land of the Dead. There Miguel meets his relatives, searches for his great-great-grandfather and befriends Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal): a sly spirit who is desperate to visit the Living World. The plot to Coco was one that relied on simplicity and adventure. This direction was to be expected as it is something that Pixar movies are known for. When it comes to its narrative Coco held few surprises, but it is in the plot's moments and twist is where this movie finds its voice. The turns that the story takes were remarkable as it gave this adventurous tale dimensions in its narrative and themes. To top things off Coco's story created a world rich with imagination and while this is nothing new to the likes of Pixar the film manages to use this plot element to the best of its ability.
When it came to characters Coco presented nothing original, but that is not to say the cast was bad-far from it in fact. In both concept and direction Miguel was a typical protagonist. Yet this does work to the movie's advantage as the young hero was sensible and easy to get behind. Though Miguel was good he was nearly overshadowed by the secondary lead Hector. Hector is perhaps one best animated characters in recent memory as the trickster oozed charisma that was both entertaining and captivating. Together Miguel and Hector formed a duo that, while not completely in sync, managed to play off each other in a solid fashion. The supporting players to Coco may not have had the presence of the leads but they did give the right flavor for the cast. Each of the supporting characters, from the strict Mama Imedla (Alanna Ubach) to Miguel's funny dog companion Dante, gave Coco a sense of variety that was fitting for any animated film. Rounding out the cast was Benjamin Bratt as Enersto de La Cruz. While there was not much to Cruz's development the direction and performance of this disease singer was enough to make Enersto a fine addition to the movie.