Disney-Pixar films have a universal appeal, crossing language barriers and borders to tell universal coming-of-age stories about love, loss, and family, but for many viewers–especially those of Mexican descent–
The film tells the story of Miguel, a young boy with dreams of becoming a renowned musician in spite of a family ban forbidding it. His quest takes him to the Land of the Dead, where he encounters deceased relatives in an unorthodox family reunion and uncovers the truth behind a century-old mystery in the process. It is a sweet, surprising, and sometimes startling story that demands to be seen, especially for those who have yet to see themselves reflected on the big screen.
At a recent press day in Los Angeles, Nerdist’s Hector Navarro sat down with the film’s stars–Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, and Gael García Bernal–and co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina to talk about what they hope young audiences in particular take away from the film, the importance of pursuing your passions, and a genuinely adorable story about how Gonzalez found out he had landed the starring role of Miguel Rivera.