Day of the Dead- or Día de los Muertos-inspired animated film, “Coco,” won the Best Animated Feature trophy at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
Highest Grossing Animated Film 'Coco' Star Dedicates It to Latino Children
“Coco” also took home a Golden Globe in the best animated feature category. The film is the highest-grossing box office movie in Mexico, earning US$43 million. The movie has, so far, earned about US$500 million, globally.
The film's wildly popular, Oscar-winning song, “Remember Me,” was performed by actor Gael García Bernal with recording artists Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade at the Oscar ceremony.
The film tells the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician, Miguel's journey in the Land of the Dead. Anthony Gonzalez voiced the guitar-playing lead character.
“Coco” debuted at the U.S. box office with US$71.2 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
"Pixar not only focused on telling a good story, they focused on making the film as culturally relevant as possible. I think that's one of the things that makes the film feel authentic for all audiences, and particularly Hispanic audiences, although this is a story that resonates with everyone," Disney distribution chief, Dave Hollis, said at the time.
The city of Los Angeles recently declared Feb. 27 at “Coco Day in L.A.”