Easily my favorite animated film of 2017, Disney Pixar’s Coco is coming out on BluRay DVD later this month (February 27th). It was the movie that moved me to sing, dance, cry and hug my loved ones. If you didn’t get the chance to catch it in the theater, you need to check out my Coco review. It’ll be a classic Disney movie that your family will cherish. On my recent trip to LA, we had the opportunity to interview voice actor Anthony Gonzalez (voice of Miguel) on the famous Olvera Street. He gave us an inside look at how the movie has shaped his career and changed his life.
Interview With Anthony Gonzalez – Voice of Miguel from Coco
Q: How do you identify yourself with your character?
When I first went to audition for Miguel, I really wanted to do this role because I identified myself so much with him. And that’s because we both have this passion for music. I grew up with music, singing with my brothers here in La Placita Olvera. And just to be part of a movie where I can sing because I’ve been doing that since I was four years old, is amazing. So that’s one way I identify with Miguel. Another way I identify with Miguel is how we both know how important family is and we really know our traditions. Just like Miguel’s tradition is to celebrate the Day of the Dead. I actually have celebrate the Day of the Dead as well because of my Grandfather. My Grandfather passed away when I was six years old, but the Day of the Dead is a chance for me to be with him again and connect with him. That’s another way me and Miguel connect.
Q: Now that the movie has come out, how do you feel it’s changed perspective on the Day of the Dead?
I think it’s made a big change in our community. There’s some people that tell me, “wow I didn’t even know this was a holiday. Now I’m going to start celebrating it, because my Father and my Uncle passed away. I can be with them again and connect with them, it’s a celebration.”
Q: What has been your most memorable experience in the course of doing the film and afterwards?
There have been so many! One of them was when I got to go to D23. I had the honor to sing with the one and only Benjamin Bratt, which was so cool. I’ve gone to go to places that I never thought I would go to like Canada – and I love Canada because it’s so cold. I actually never thought I would go to Pixar and I just love going to Pixar so much, because there’s a soccer field. I love soccer, so I get to play soccer every time I go there, on my break.
Q: What do you hope other kids take from this film?
I hope they take away that the Day of the Dead is not like Halloween. It’s a time for a celebration – it’s a wonderful celebration that anyone can celebrate. Not just Mexicans can celebrate but anyone can celebrate. Because it’s a holiday where you can connect and really remember your family members that passed away.
Q: How does it feel to be a Disney voice?
Oh my gosh that’s just like a dream come true. It’s an honor, because I grew up watching these Disney movies, like Toy Story. I have the Woody toy and I have a Buzz Lightyear blanket and just to be part of Disney Pixar movie is a big deal. At my age, it’s just a dream come true. And all I can do is just thank God for all the blessings he’s given me.
Q: How do you feel about the movie being nominated for two Oscars?
Oh my Gosh – that’s amazing. I actually woke up at four in the morning to see the nominations and when I saw Coco is nominated for ‘Best Animated Feature’ and also for the song ‘Remember Me’, that’s just – it’s just amazing. I’m speechless. And I’m just so happy that it’s nominated, and I can’t wait to see if it wins.
The Bonus Features Included on Coco BluRay DVD
Coco, the movie filled with love and laughter, arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27. Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in “Coco;” and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s (Anthony Gonzalez) beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more.
Bonus Features On Blu-ray & Digital:
- Deleted Scenes with Introductions
- Filmmaker Commentary
- The Music of Coco
- Paths to Pixar: “Coco”
- Welcome to the Fiesta
- How to Draw a Skeleton
- A Thousand Pictures a Day
- Mi Familia
- Land of our Ancestors
- Fashion Through the Ages
- The Real Guitar
- How to Make a Papel Picado
- Un Poco “Coco”
- Coco Trailers
Bonus Features on DVD:
- Filmaker Commentary
Available Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27.
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