10 Reasons to See Golden Globes Animated Winner Coco in the Words of the Latino Cast
Coco just won Best Motion Picture – Animated at the Golden Globes. The film beat out strong contenders like Ferdinand and The Boss Baby to take home the coveted trophy.
Coco's Latino cast includes icons like Edward James Olmos as well as newcomers to the animated film world like comedian and actress Selene Luna. The talented voices of the film talk about their roles and why this production is a must-see.
Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil — who attended the premiere in Los Angeles with his wife and children — told PEOPLE CHICA about the film: “I really celebrate its success and how it portrays our beautiful culture from Mexico and some Latin-American cultures that celebrate El Día de los Muertos [The Day of the Dead]. What a beautiful movie!"
Mexican actresses Angelica Vale (left) and her mother Angelica Maria attended the premiere with Vale's son Daniel. Vale plays Mamá Imelda while María is, naturally, Abuelita [Little Grandmother].
"All my life I wanted to work with Disney, it was a dear dream of mine," Vale told People en Español. "It was on my bucket list." Check!
María added of her role: "I'm the grandma. I throw my flip-flop every time I get mad. It's a very fun character. The movie makes you laugh, it makes you cry. You leave feeling happy, filled with joy and enthusiasm."
Playing tía Rosita in the visual gem hit close to home for Selene Luna. "She reminds me of the older women in my family. She is very loving and nurturing, but at the same time she is nervous all the time," she told PEOPLE CHICA. "It's my first experience playing a cartoon character. It forces you to use your imagination, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it. It was very exciting."
Edward James Olmos lends his voice to Chicharrón and said he was drawn to the film's storyline, which centers on a boy who crosses into the Land of the Dead, and he reunites with his ancestors. "If you don't remember your loved ones, they are gone," he said in a Coco press conference. "If you don't tell the stories of your loved ones, they cease to exist."
Co-director Adrian Molina, director Lee Unkrich, Mexican singer and actor Luis Angel Gomez and producer Darla K. Anderson (from left) were key parts of the film, which took six years to create. When receiving the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Animated, Unkrich said: "Coco would not exist without the incredible people of Mexico and their beautiful traditions of El Día de Muertos. Muchísimas gracias."
Benjamin Bratt plays the protagonist's idol, musician Ernesto De La Cruz, who helps young Miguel return to the Land of the Living. “Coco celebrates our uniqueness, celebrates the fact that we’re a community of love and family ties, artistic expression, beautiful language and wonderful traditions,” he told PEOPLE.
"It has transcended all my expectations," Gael García Bernal said at a Coco press conference of playing Hector in the film, a kindhearted skeleton who becomes the young hero's travel companion in the Land of the Dead. "I'm really happy, proud and lucky to be part of this."
Natalia Cordova-Buckley plays late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the film. “I found in Frida an inspiration of being an outcast and a rebel and that it’s OK as long as you stay true to yourself,” she told PEOPLE. “Since I was a young girl, she was a big light for me and a big beacon of guidance and so to give voice to the woman that told me my voice was important, valued and worth a lot was the universe coming full circle and pretty magical. Now I can give voice to a woman who, in some way, gave me my voice.”