This review is part of the Monthly ABC Film Challenge over at Movie Reviews 101. This month’s theme is Animated films.
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Number of Times Seen – Twice (7 Jan 2018 and 3 Aug 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A young boy with a deep love for music despite his family’s ban on music travels to the Land of the Dead in order to find his great-great grandfather, a famous singer.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall so many people loving when it came out a few years ago.
I liked it a lot, but didn’t think it was as spectacular as some of the other PIXAR films of recent memory.
This series gave me the perfect excuse to revisit it and see what I think about it.
The film has a great story that is filled with lots of love and heart throughout.
Things feel quite unique and original in the way the present the story and plot and that helps make this quite enjoyable to watch unfold.
The choice of having most of the story take place in the Land of the Dead also enhances things because we get to see a place unfamiliar to the viewer.
The film’s animation is done really well (as PIXAR always does) and they choose some really great color schemes for the story which help it really stand out from a visual perspective.
The film has a great musical score and a theme song ‘Remember Me’ that heavily utilize the Mexican and Latino culture and heritage and help make things stand out.
The film has a great message and themes that allows for the ideas of the importance of family along with remembering loved ones who have passed on that reverberate and resonate throughout all that they do here.
This film was definitely a deserving winner of Best Animated feature at The Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTA that year even if they didn’t have any really heavy competition from another box office hit.
Not among PIXAR’s best, yet still quite fun to watch.
Bottom Line – Great story with a lot of heart. The characters and story line are quite original and they find a way to keep thing fun and enjoyable from start to finish. The animation is superb (as always with PIXAR), and they are able to give such amazing visuals along the way. The music enhances the story even more because it helps take us into the world of the Latino culture. The message and themes of this film reverberate really well especially since they deal with the importance of family and of remembering those that have left us. Deserving winner of Best Animated film at the Oscars, Globes and BAFTA Awards that year. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In active production between 2011 and 2017, it set the record for being the Pixar animated film with the longest production schedule. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)
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