San Francisco is amazing from the gorgeous scenery, food and more. I am so honored to be chosen by Disney to head back there for the Pixar Coco Event taking place August 2 – August 4. We will be getting some sneak peeks, exclusive interviews, behind the scene footage and information so you want to be sure to follow along with the hashtag #PixarCocoEvent on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook while I’m there.
So you’re probably wondering what are we going to do at the #PixarCocoEvent besides cover the Coco movie coming out in theaters everywhere November 22nd, which you must take the entire family to go see. Here’s a breakdown of everything we are going to do while learning about exclusive information that I will share with all of you.
Wednesday, August 2nd
After we all arrive into San Francisco, we will head over to the Pixar Animation studios to screen 35 minutes of footage from COCO introduced by Director Lee Unkrich, Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina and Producer Darla K. Anderson. After the screening we will attend a reception at Pixar. I’m super excited to check out Pixar Animation Studios. This will be my first time visiting and I will be sure to take lots of pictures.
Thursday, August 3rd
First we will kick of a Coco music demo with Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Orchestrator), Camilo Lara (Consultant) & Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director). Following the music demo will be Coco Filmmaker Presentations and Workshops where we will get to learn more about the production of the movie and some behind the scenes information such as the folk art behind Alebrijes and see how the Alebrijes in Coco were brought to life.
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)
We will be asking questions during the press conference with Director Lee Unkrich, Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina and Producer Darla K. Anderson so be sure to give me your questions ahead of time to ask them so I can give you the answers. You can put those questions in the comments below.
And we can’t leave Pixar Animation Studios without a mini tour and shopping in the Pixar store!
Friday, August 4th
And the last day we will be heading to The Walt Disney Family Museum to walk-through the “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” exhibit in honor of The Lion King being released on Digital and Disney Movies Anywhere on 8/15 & Blu-ray on 8/29. We will also walk-through the “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” exhibit followed by lunch and more shopping.
Follow along on social media with the hashtags #PixarCocoEvent, #Waltagram and #TheLionKing August 2 – August 4. And then be sure to check back on the blog for all of my exclusive coverage from the Pixar Coco Event when I return.
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. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.