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Coco reminds us that there's a difference between fulfilling our calling and personal fulfillment.
Coco tells the story of Miguel Rivera, a talented young guitar player who dreams of becoming a musician. The only problem is that his extended family has banished music. Ever since Miguel’s great great grandfather abandoned his wife and daughter to pursue his dreams of becoming a famous singer, music has not been allowed in the Rivera household. The tension between Miguel’s desire to pursue his passion for music and his family’s wishes cannot be resolved until the characters learn a lesson that carries biblical undertones: our personal fulfillment is not the point of our callings.
Coco - Place - Mexican - Holiday - Dia
Coco takes place during the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, when families remember loved ones who have died by placing their photos and favorite foods on ofrendas, or candle-strewn altars. Rejecting his family’s wishes during his village’s celebration, Miguel tries to enter a talent contest by stealing the guitar from the memorial for his musician hero, Ernesto de la Cruz. With a strum of the strings, however, he is transported to the Land of the Dead. There he encounters other family members who have died and are equally upset about his musical ambitions. And so he sets off to find his great great grandfather, hoping that his blessing as a musician will send him back to the living.
Contemporary culture tells us that we are to pursue our individual happiness above all else, and for much of Coco this is what Miguel does, at great cost to others. Because he has taken the photo of his great great grandmother from his family’s ofrenda, she is unable to cross over to the Land of the Living to visit during Dia de los Muertos. Miguel also abandons Hector, his guide in the Land...
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