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20 Unfortunate Scenes from the Movie ‘Coco’ Even Disney Didn’t Catch

Like everyone else, we at Mitu were excited about the movie Coco and its Latino cast when it came out, but a year later, and on the eve of Dia de Muertos 2018, and now that it’s streaming, we feel it’s time to watch it again and take a critical look at the film. It’s too easy to love a movie that represents us when we’ve been so underrepresented in film and the media at large, but taking a critical look can help those seeking to represent us get it better next time.

1. The dead have to go through border patrol in order to cross over into the land of the living to visit their familias for Dia de Los Muertos.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

The last thing we wanted when we went to see a film about Dia de Los Muertos, (especially since recently losing a loved one) is a depiction of our ancestors going through border patrol on their way back from the land of the living. While Pixar may have been going for a laugh, it seems in poor taste to haunt us with the idea that abuelita has to go through that  all over again. “Free at last, free at last, God Almighty, we’re free at last.” Guess not.

2. The dead have to show their “papers” at the border.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Those in mixed-status families, in particular, may have cringed when they saw that characters in the movie had to show their “papers,” or proof of their photo on a family altar, in order to cross over into the land of the living. Sure it’s just a movie, but it turns out, like in real life, not having papers means loved ones can be turned away.

3. The dead are only legitimized by our love in the form of a photograph on the altar.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

In the movie, our ancestors are only worthy of admiration in the land of the dead and permission to cross at the border by paper documents which come in the form of a face-scan that “proves” they are still loved and remembered by someone in the land of the living. Of course, if love was all it took, many more would get to see their family members more often before they die.

4. In hindsight, after a summer of children being separated from families by the US government, the depiction of the “Department of Family Reunions” is troubling.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

This one is not exactly Pixar’s fault, but in hindsight, the scenes in the movie where Miguel’s family are in the Department of Family reunions, might smack too close to home to anyone who experienced, or has family members, who experienced being separated by the US government while trying to seek refuge in the US over the summer of 2018. Some 2000 children were separated by their parents at the US border and put into detention centers, and as of August, nearly 500 children had still not been reunited with their families.

5. One border jumper “drowns” in a river of marigold petals.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

In one scene, Hector, who tries to cross without “papers,” makes a run for it, and he sinks into the river of cempasuchil petals, his arms flailing about, appearing to drown, not unlike 57 people who drowned crossing the Rio Grande during the first seven months of 2017.

6. Frida Kahlo is the butt of several jokes.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Someone at Pixar either doesn’t like Frida Kahlo or thinks they are punching up rather than down, as the film is riddled with digs at the beloved Mexican painter, feminist, and revolutionary.

7. Frida’s papaya painting is designed to get laughs.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

In the movie, the Frida character, who is helping produce the Ernesto De La Cruz concert is working on stage props, and one of those props is a very vaginal-looking painting of a papaya, which we read as either anti-Frida or anti-woman, or both. No one laughed when Georgia O’Keeffe painted vaginal-looking flowers.

8. Frida is depicted as narcissistic and self-absorbed.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

It appears that Coco creators don’t quite know the difference between being narcissistic and the desire for a woman to not stand in the shadow of her painter husband, Diego Rivera.  Frida, an early 20th-century, Mexican women painter with physical disabilities said that she was her favorite subject. One could argue that Frida is responsible for the selfie, and maybe people, especially people who feel invisible, just want to be seen.

9. Surprise, Ernesto De La Cruz is the real narcissist!

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Spoiler alert, singer, Ernesto De La Cruz, depicted in the movie as Miguel’s hero, turns out to be bad guy, and if you look close you’ll see that he’s the real narcissist, and not because he plays his own movies on large screen all over his mansion. De La Cruz’s arrogance and the way he manipulates others and shows little empathy for Hector when he poisoned him, stole his songs, and his guitar, to claim authorship and pave his way to a lucrative career makes him the true narcissist.

10. Too bad Ernesto De La Cruz doesn’t actually look like Benjamin Bratt.

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We didn’t know that Benjamin Bratt could sing though even he acknowledges that he probably got some studio magic help on the recordings. Still, the tone and sound of his voice is unique and fuerte which makes him even hotter. If only, Ernesto De La Cruz looked like Benjamin Bratt.

11. Cross-dressing used to get laughs

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Sorry, not sorry, but we read the Hector character dressing as Frida Kahlo both another dig at Frida and transphobic–designed to get a cheap laugh.

12. The afterlife is class-based and hierarchical.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Soooo, according to the film, the afterlife, like real life is class-based and hierarchical. Not having a photo on a family alters places people low in the hierarchy and into the city of the forgotten. Half of believing in the afterlife is believing that everything will be better, that it’s a place of peace and rest — not in Coco.

13. Once in the afterlife, if no one remembers you, you’ll wind up both forgotten and homeless.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

The city of the forgotten is depicted as a squalor shanty-town where those not remembered by their families are basically homeless. Chicharrón here might have a hammock, but all his belongings and garbage are in there with him.

14.  People who live there are depicted as homeless drunks.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Those living in the city of the forgotten, like the three women sitting at a table playing cards, are depicted as unstable alcoholics — the kinds of people we want to forget about in real life.

15. The final death

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

In the movie, the final death is that moment when a person is dead and their loved ones stop thinking about them all together, stop putting their photo on the altar, ya, so in the movie, our loved ones die twice. Perhaps, it’s the element of truth that made this one hurt so much.

16. That goddamn tear-jerker song, Remember Me

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

The song “Remember Me” which is performed in both a major and minor key in the movie is a total tear-jerker in the minor-key version performed by Miguel at the end. We both love and hate that version because it makes us cry every time. 

17. The song Proud Corazon is pretty terrible.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Unlike “Remember Me” the song “Proud Corazon” with lyrics like “our love for each other will live on forever in every beat of my proud corazon,” is not a great song. It’s one of those songs whose lyrics were written so specific to the movie that they don’t work. 

 18. The most unnoticed scene, the music competition scene, is actually one of the best scenes in the movie.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

The music competition scene is one of the best scenes because of the diversity of bands and people in the bands performing in the contest. There are solo acts, a man who makes music by glass ringing, a metal band, a punk band with a woman in it, and the banda group also has woman members.

19. Why did they let Gabriel Garcia Bernal sing “Remember Me” live on the Oscars?

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We know it’s not in the movie, but why did Gabriel Garcia Bernal sing the opening of “Remember Me” live on the Academy Awards. He’s so good at so many things, but singing is not one of them, pobre cito.

20. Coco’s creator Lee Unrich and Pixar brought in cultural consultants but say that meetings with consultants only resulted in making small changes.

Credit:  “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

According to Business Insider, it was unusual for Pixar to bring in cultural consultants like La Cucaracha creator, Lalo Alcaraz to help them get the film right, but these consultants were brought in when the film was pretty much completed which might explain the most glaring fails.


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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

To say our worlds were rocked when Pixar finally gave us a touching film about la cultura a few years ago would be the biggest understatement of the century. ‘Coco,’ the 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy starring Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt filled our hearts and also brought us to tears. Still, as satisfying as the film was, there’s no doubt it left us craving more. And it looks like we might just get it.

An IMDB page for Coco 2 has been created and I’m sorry but I can’t stop freaking out!!

According to IMDB user anthandsoc-95189 who appears to have long had the inside scoop on upcoming films, ‘Coco 2: Return To the Land Of the Living’ is in the works! Some digging around has also revealed that another sight might have information on the plot and characters of the sequel film. Of course, this information has yet to be confirmed and might be purely a wish, but if it is we’ll dream big!

According to IMDB ‘Coco 2’ will take place 6 years after the first film

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The IMDB page says “It’s been 6 years since the events happened for Miguel. But when Hector, Imelda, and his great grand-abuelos need Miguel’s help to come back to the Land of the Living because some mysterious sinister masked skeleton is haunting and rules their world with an iron fist and sword and hates music.”

Which means, if IMDB is correct, we haven’t seen the last of Mama Coco!

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Sweet Coco could have a really big role in the new film!!

Of course, other sites have other insights into the could-be sequel…

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Because of course everyone has an opinion!

According to Fandom.com ‘Coco 2’ will take place six years after the first film.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

We’ll see Miguel’s family attempt to throw him a fiesta, but sadly Miguel, still upset about Mama Coco’s death, will be upset.

When Miguel meets a sophisticated, ghostly and well-bred skeletal spirit Miguel will attempt to return to The Land Of The Dead for a vacation.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Now that’s an insane idea for a spring break.

In this version of the sequel, Miguel will a dark black hole to go back to The Land Of The Dead, to see Papa Hector and Mamma Imelda.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Of course, Miguel will be astonished when he sees his old family members for another time and finally gets to see Mama Coco.

Soon enough, Miguel is racing against time, once again, to avoid being a skeleton.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

But this time, Marcel might not be so bothered by the idea of living amongst the dead for forever.

Of course, all of this is speculative. Who knows if Pixar has plans for a sequel in the works, but as one fan points out this clip by Pixar on the DVD release has some great hints!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VplFL0KS75s

Fingers crossed!

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bve_d3sFet7/

In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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