Here’s the premise: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
A wonderfully written story that deals with the pains of death and those left behind, written for all ages the way Pixar and Disney have mastered this subject so many times. Although death is the main topic, it is dealt with in a gentle way as to not upset the little ones. Not only is the writing beautiful, but the animation is stunning; brings Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to life (so to speak) with gorgeous, vibrant colors. In true Pixar and Disney fashion, you will be laughing, smiling, and crying throughout the movie. For me, I reflected on the family and friends that are no longer with us, and smiled for I know their love still surrounds me.
Go see this movie with your family and remember those loved ones that have passed on.