Next week we're heading back to the city by the bay for the one and only Disney Pixar Coco Movie Event and I couldn't be more excited! Not only am I returning to my original home, the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, home to iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro district, Mission Dolores, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and of course the famed cable cars and Karl the Fog, but I'll also be returning to the one and only Pixar Animation Studios (which has an amazingly fun campus) as well as visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum which celebrates the life and legacy of Walt Disney. I still can't believe I get to call this unbelievable
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Disney Pixar Coco Movie Event
Pixar Animation Studios
Last time we visited Pixar Animation Studios was back in 2015 for the Oscar winning animated film Inside Out and the animated short Lava, where we had the opportunity to interview Directors Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (Inside Out) and Directors James Ford and Murphy and Andrea Warren (Lava). That's was such an awesome trip!
This trip we're celebrating Disney Pixar's latest animation Coco, opening in theatres everywhere on November 22nd! The film follows Miguel's (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dream of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). 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 (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
Filmmaker presentation will include:
- A UNIVERSAL STORY OF FAMILY – Hear how the COCO production team was inspired by research and specific cultural traditions, and how they infused them into their fantastical story set on Día de los Muertos. Participants include Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director), Dean Kelly (Story Artist)
- THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND THE LAND OF THE DEAD – See how the expansive worlds of both the living and the dead were created through both research and imagination. Participants include Harley Jessup (Production Designer), Danielle Feinberg (DP-Lighting), Chris Bernardi (Sets Supervisor)
- BRINGING SKELETONS TO LIFE – Learn how the skeletons in the Land of the Dead were imagined, designed, animated and clothed. Participants include Daniel Arriaga (Character Art Director), Gini Santos (Supervising Animator), Byron Bashforth (Character Shading Lead), Emron Grover (Simulation Technical Director)
- PEPITA AND DANTE: A CLOSER LOOK – In the Land of the Dead, Miguel and his faithful companion Dante encounter not only his ancestors but also their loyal guardian Pepita, a magical creature based on Mexican folk art. Hear about how they were designed and brought to life. Participants include Alonso Martinez (Character/Rigging Artist), Nick Rosario (Directing Animator), Christian Hoffman (Characters Supervisor)
Plus, we'll participate in a press conference with Director Lee Unkrich, Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina, and Producer Darla K. Anderson before attending an Alebrijes Workshop to learn about the folk art behind Alebrijes and see how the Alebrijes in Coco were brought to life and touring the Pixar Animation Studios campus.
The Disney Pixar Coco Movie Event is going to be amazing!
Walt Disney Family Museum
And shopping! There will SO MUCH shopping at Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Family Museum. So. Much. Shopping.
Don't forget to follow the Disney Pixar Coco Movie Event via the hashtag, #PixarCocoEvent.
Portions of the material and expenses for the Disney Pixar Coco Movie Event have been provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Thank you to the Hilton Garden Inn and Trader Vics Emeryville for hosting portions of our stay.