Lee Unkrich (Coco): "Yes, I see some similarities between Coco and Up"

Meeting with the co-director of the new Pixar and the producer Darla K. Anderson.

coconut is 5 years old today, and this particularly moving Pixar is to (re)see on First Max. When it was released at the cinema, at the end of November 2017, the editorial staff had been able to meet Lee Unkrichthe co-director of the animated film with Adrian Molinaas well as the historical producer of Pixar, Darla K.Anderson. The opportunity to discuss the similarities between this project and some other studio classics, such as Up there, Vice Versa and The world of Nemo.

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“Often Pixar stories are born out of what their creators have really gone through, our experiences, what marks us as we grow older.begins the director, who also directed Toy Story 3the biggest success of the firm (1 billion dollars in revenue in 2010). Over time, the themes have become more mature, because we live our lives in parallel, we collect joys and sorrows, we start a family, we have children, those of my generation are starting to lose their parents… This has obviously had an impact on our desire to tell Coco’s story. (…) For me, the best Pixars are those that make the public feel all kinds of emotions. They are funny, exciting, very intense, sometimes a little scary, and in the end they are filled with emotion, they make the spectators feel something strong. I find that these days, it’s getting lost. You can be entertained by a movie, have a lot of fun, but you don’t really think about it when you go out. We want to make films that mark, that remain in you, that offer you a mirror and make you reflect on your own life, your relationship to the family.”

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In details, Lee Unkrich recognizes that the treatment of old age in his film is quite close to the vision of Pete Docter on up thereanother big box from the studio dating back to 2009: “Up was born out of Pete Docter’s love for older people who had mattered in his life. Pete loved the idea of ​​showing idols from another era, he had spent a lot of time with older people. older than him and it was his love letter to them.” “Besides, Pete has an ‘old school’ sensibility, it was important to him to honor the elderly”adds Darla. “So yes, I see some similarities between Coco and Up, continues the director. There is this child who seeks to know more about the generations that preceded him, people from the past. The idea that we learn from their wisdom, because the ancients may have experienced more things than us. Yes, it is related, even if it was not necessarily conscious.

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After up therewe discussed Vice versa, and in particular the poignant scene with Bing Bong, the heroine’s imaginary friend, whom she forgets growing up. For once, thinking about memory is much more important in coconutexplains the director: “I don’t know if Inside Versa talks that much about forgetting people, but that’s the main theme of Coco, yes. The importance of remembering the people you’ve loved and the danger of forget. Coco is more about false memories, about the stories that we have been told, but which do not really stick to reality. We explore the veracity of memories: should we believe all the stories we tells us ?”

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Finally, another striking common point is in the title: as in Finding Nemo, Coco refers to a character who is rarely seen on screen, whereas he is crucial in the plot. Without specifying who it is, Lee Unkrich explains that he loves this idea: “I found it interesting to name Coco from a character who doesn’t seem important at first. In Finding Nemo, the film only talks about him, there is an urgency, we have to find him. Here, we meets Coco at the beginning of the film and she doesn’t look like much. I liked the idea that the audience wonders at that moment why the film is named after her. Then they discover how crucial she is to the story. .”

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