Disney-Pixar has revealed the character and voice talent line up for its November 22 release Coco that features an all-Latino cast that will bring to life a multi-generational family tale.
The voice cast consists of Benjamin Bratt who plays the voice of Miguel’s idol Ernesto de la Cruz, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Edward James Olmos lends his voice to Chicharrón, a curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.
Alanna Ubach provides the voice of Mamá Imelda, Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Selene Luna voices for Tía Rosita, Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.
Alfonso Arau is the voice of Papá Julio, Miguel’s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead. Herbert Siguenza lends his voice to both Tío Oscar and Tío Felipe, Miguel’s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead.
Octavio Solis is the voice of an Arrival Agent in the Land of the Dead’s Grand Central Station.Gabriel Iglesias provides the voice of the Head Clerk in the Land of the Dead’s ‘Department of Family Reunions.’
Cheech Marin is the voice of a Corrections Officer in the Land of the Dead. Blanca Araceli voices for the Emcee for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.
Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, the series will introduce audiences to a variety of colorful characters from both sides of the mortal divide joining stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt.
“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different,” said Unkrich. “One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. Coco introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos—one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side,” he added.
Talking of the voice cast, Molina said, “Our voice cast is incredibly talented, helping to shape our eclectic group of characters. Each actor has told us they find something relatable in this film, so they’re finding it easy to capture the heart of this story—it’s all about family, so we hope that these characters will resonate with everyone.” Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) helps bring to life Hector, a charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.