Family Secrets & Disney’s New Movie “Coco”

Family Disney Pixar’s Coco Miguel

A popular video floating around YouTube is Ancestry DNA result videos. People from various backgrounds send their saliva samples for analyzation and find out, sometimes shocking results, of what their DNA reveals about their family history. I’m actually curious to take it myself, although I’m 99% sure that my results would be, should be, 100% Ugandan. That’s where both my parents were born and raised as well as their parent’s. However, I have seen other Africans find out there are traces of other African nations represented in their DNA. This obviously then begs the question HOW? What’s the story, or secret, behind a certain DNA trait being present?

Family History

Although not quite the same, also looking for answers about their history is Miguel. Who’s Miguel? Well, you might recal at the beginning of this year, we shared a little bit of some of the amazing movies Disney has coming out this year. One of those movies is about Miguel. Miguel wants nothing more than to be a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. The only problem is his family has a generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Check out the brand new trailer below.

A Part of Those Who Came Before

One of the movie’s messages is that we’re all a part of those who came before. Whether we know it or not, admit it or not, we’re the result of generations past. This reminds me of quotes like “standing on the shoulders of giants” and “you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” Family history really can be intriguing. Especially if it’s told by the dead as in Miguel’s case.


FAMILY REUNION — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead where he meets his late family members, who are determined to help him find his way home. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Hispanic Culture

Another interesting element of this movie is the Hispanic culture which Disney hasn’t highlighted all too often, with the exception of Princess Elena. But that’s not to say other cultures won’t love and appreciate this movie just as much. After all, music is a universal language, and the love of music is one that almost everyone can relate too. So this November 22nd (my mom’s birthday, lol) take your family out for a movie night you all will enjoy.

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