Disney has an amazing ability to take traditional folkloric stories of various places around the world and transforming them into a family fun movie.
When I was in Italy, I learned that Pinnochio was based on an Italian folkloric character. Visit Rome and you will not only find Holy Water and Rosaries as souvenirs, but also small wooden Pinnochio’s.
When I went to Ireland, I visited the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, yes, there’s such a thing, and they told us that the story of leprechauns was told to children there for ages. I also remember the narrator saying that the leprechauns in their folkloric stories wore brown, not green clothes.
This time Disney does it again with the upcoming film Coco. As a Spanish Teacher and fellow Hispanic, I can see so much culture integrated into the film that it’s amazing. Finally, a film that explains Day of the Dead is not a scary day, but as something culturally beautiful and almost magic.
Here’s the trailer for the Disney/Pixar film Coco.
In theaters, November 22, 2017.