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The Significance and Fun Facts about the Music of Pixar Coco

The Significance and Fun Facts about the Music of Pixar Coco

The music in Pixar Coco plays a huge part in the film. It’s not all the same as some of the music is from a mariachi band and others from different genres of musicians. And it’s not just a guitar sound you hear. There are many instruments played in the background such as an accordion, trumpet, drum, seashells, tuba and more. The people that put their heart and soul into making the music for Coco are Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Songwriter/Arranger), Camilo Lara (Consultant), Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director) & Federico Ramos (Guitarist).

There are 3 types of music in the movie Pixar Coco and are broken down into source, score, and original.


Source music can be heard in the Plaza with 2 or 3 bands playing at once. They use different sounds rather than a traditional band.  They wanted the movie to smell like Mexico when you see it and even took the movements from the actual musicians and replicated them into the film.


Score music is taking emotions from the film and putting music to it such as the theme for Miguel and Hector would be the Waltz. The music is done with an orchestra or something as simple as a single guitar. For each theme in the film they made it represent the love and closeness they shared of the Mexican culture.


Original music tells a story through lyrics such as the song “Remember Me” as it expresses Ernesto’s character in the film. It’s a song that you will remember like Happy Birthday.


You make me
Un poco loco
Un poquititito loco
The way you keep me guessing
I’m nodding and I’m yessing
I’ll count it as a blessing
That I’m only
Un poco loco

Fun Facts about the Music in Pixar Coco

  • They stomped on wood boxes, used a harp and a rattle to layer effects into the music.
  • Some musicians read music and other play by ear.
  • GoPro cameras were strapped to the guitars of the musicians so they could replicate the movements of the musicians into the film.
  • When the guitar is being played in the film, they are actually playing the correct note.

The Coco (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is now available to purchase and would make a great stocking stuffer for all ages. It’s filled with all of the catchy songs from the film including my favorite Un Poco Loco by Anthony Gonzalez & Gael García Bernal.

About the Movie

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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