Rumored to have played before several showings of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, 'Dante's Lunch' is a brand new short film set in the world of Pixar's Coco. The short film features Coco protagonist Miguel's best companion, Dante. Initially created as an animation test for the character, 'Dante's Lunch' was released via Yahoo! Movies to give audiences a little taste of Miguel's eccentric pal. Watch 'Dante's Lunch' and read a brief interview with Coco Director Lee Unkrich after the break!
Yahoo! Movies Interview with COCO Director Lee Unkrich:
Like most dogs, Dante likes bones — but because he lives in the supernatural fantasy world of Pixar’s Coco (in theaters Nov. 22), those bones don’t always like him back. The endearingly goofy Xolo, aka Mexican hairless dog, is the star of Dante’s Lunch — A Short Tail, the new Pixar short premiering exclusively on Yahoo Movies. The two-minute film was created early in the animation process by Coco director Lee Unkrich and his team so that they could get a better sense of their four-legged supporting star. “We just were really happy with how it came out and thought we would share it with the world as a little appetizer until the movie comes out,” Unkrich tells Yahoo Movies.
From what Unkrich says, Dante is one of many unique and compelling characters in Coco, Pixar’s fantasy film about a young Mexican boy named Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who goes on an extraordinary journey into the land of the dead. Determined to follow his passion for music, in spite of his family having forbidden it, Miguel sets out on a quest to meet his deceased musician idol, Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Along the way, Miguel encounters his own ancestors and begins to understand where he came from and who he is meant to be. The film’s story was inspired by Dìa de Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, when the spirits of the dead are said to return to Earth for one night to celebrate with loved ones.
What's particularly interesting about Dante and the animation shown in the short film is how Pixar's animation team is taking advantage of traditional squash and stretch to convey movement and emotion. As told in the interview above, Dante's tongue is especially entertaining as it flops around his mouth and (subsequently) the Mexican village he and Miguel live in. Dante's Lunch is simply a hilarious treat, giving us just a peak at some of the antics that Dante and Miguel will surely get into in Coco. Now we just need to see Hector, Miguel's "charming trickster" skeleton friend whom he meets in the Land of the Dead!
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.
Coco dances into theaters on November 22nd, 2017!
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