Despite a full roster of sequel releases through 2019, including their latest box-office hit "Finding Dory," Pixar president Jim Morris vows to focus exclusively on original animated films and there's one in particular that we're eagerly awaiting. It's called "Coco" and it's about Day of the Dead!


Back in 2013 when Disney first announced the film, the studio received some major backlash.

Disney actually wanted to trademark the term Day of the Dead. The nerve! 

"How could Disney allow such a blunder,"  Lalo Alcaraz, a Mexican-American editorial cartoonist and founder of Pocho.com told CNN. "I knew they weren't copyrighting the holiday, but I couldn't believe they would let someone in their legal department let this happen. On the surface, it looks like Disney is trying to copyright the holiday."

But then something pretty awesome happened. 

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Disney hired Alcaraz to be on the creative team for the movie!

So Disney can't eff up a movie about Dia de los Muertos now, right?

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Well, it looks like Lee Unkrich, the director of Coco, is super amped about this movie and our special Latino holiday that honors the dead.

At Disney's D23 Expo 2015, Unkrich spoke about why he's so moved by this Latino cultural tradition.

"I'd seen it portrayed in folk art. It was something about the juxtaposition of skeletons with bright, festive colors that captured my imagination," he said. "It has led me down a winding path of discovery. And the more I learn about Dia De Los Muertos, the more it affects me deeply."

The main character is named Miguel

Movieplot reports that the protagonist is a "12-year-old named Miguel and his adventures will take him well beyond the realm of the living." Sounds spooky but fun!

Disney's description of the plot states that "the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion." Someone from the dead perhaps?

The word coco itself sounds like a variation of a couple of things. Calavera means skull, which is also known as calaca, and el cucuy means the "bogeyman" in Spanish

We can't wait to see this on the big screen!