10 Fun Facts about How the Skeletons Were Brought to Life in Pixar’s Coco

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COCO – Concept art by Zaruhi Galstyan. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

We are less than 2 months away from Pixar’s Coco hitting the theaters. While I was in San Francisco a few months ago, I got to learn about the making of Coco and how it came to life in different presentations. One of the presentations was about bringing the skeletons to life in the movie. The animators behind the scenes shared some interesting facts that I’m sharing with all of you!


10 Fun Facts about How the Skeletons Were Brought to Life in Pixar’s Coco

Hector: What are you doing?
Miguel: I’m walking like a skeleton.
Hector: No, skeletons don’t walk like that.
Miguel: It’s how you walk!
Hector: No, I don’t.

COCO – Hector concept art by Daniela Strijleva. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
  1. Anatomy of the skeleton was studied from the muscles to the bones to get an idea of how to sketch the skeleton for each character.
  2. Hector’s walk was inspired by Ratso, an Indian cowboy from the movie Midnight Cowboy, as you will notice his hip sort of dips in when he walks.
  3. They took several up close photos of different bones to come up with the skeletons to not make them look creepy in the movie.
  4. Each character is unique with a different skull shape to define each character.
  5. It took 3 years to design the skeletons.
    COCO – Mamá Imelda concept art by Daniela Strijleva. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
  6. This is the first time skeletons have ever been animated at Pixar.
  7. There are about 80 skeletal characters in the Land of the Dead including Miguel’s family.
  8. The animation department broke their rule of “staying true to the materials” as they made sure the skeletons had eyeballs, eyelids and skull facial expressions with hardcore angles and lines in the mouth.
  9. They had to fake volume and muscles to make the cloth collide against the skeleton body.
  10. They used digital paint and custom software when character shading to make the color and texture respond to light.


COCO opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams 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.

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