I admit it, I waited to see Coco. I loved the concept of the movie but I had already heard from friends who had sneak previews that it was going to make me cry. It came out at a time when I was going through a lot. I have a close friend who was losing her mother. She had been diagnosed with cancer earlier in 2017 and things had progressed quite quickly. Her mother passed and I just knew that watching Coco was going to make me cry even more. I broke down and took Rachael to see Coco a few weeks before I left for the Black Panther Event. And I cried. I cried a lot because the moral behind this movie is one that touches our family so deeply. While in LA, we got to talk with Anthony Gonzales from Coco. Anthony voices Miguel. But before we got to dinner we got to walk Olvera Street. This is a historic site as it is the oldest street in all of LA. Now it has become a place of history. You can walk the street and see the historic buildings, the vendors selling their wares and so much more. Brenda and I kind of hung together so that we could get great photos for each other.
The Avila Abode is the oldest existing house and is now a museum. The original home was much bigger but the home now is a museum holding 7 rooms left of the original building. It was originally built in 1818 by Frank Avila.
There was even a small wishing well for us to throw a penny and dream big with.
The first thing of note is we walked into a Mexican restaurant to be greeted by an all female mariachi band, then the fun started.
Then we got real and had a talk with Anthony. We asked so many questions about what he learned from the movie and felt others should learn from the movie; what it was like to be a Disney voice now; and what it was like to act with Benjamin Bratt. Anthony was very gracious in answering all of our questions and he came away with the one thing that I think all people viewing Coco should come away with, Family first. Family is the main theme of Coco and being a part of it as well as watching it, Anthony realized that it was more important than he thought at first. He felt that this was important and that all viewers should take that away from it. The value of family is one of the reasons Anthony was able to identify with Miguel.
“Another way I identify myself with Miguel is we both know how important our family is and we know to really do our traditions.” – Anthony Gonzales
Anthony talked to us about the fact that he had participated in the Dia de la Muertos before being a part of the movie but it wasn’t until after the movie that he realized just how important it is. He loved that more Latin people would be able to see themselves in the characters and traditions.
“I think it’s made a big change in our community because there’s some people like people tell me, wow I didn’t even know this was a holiday. Now I’m going to start celebrating it.” – Anthony Gonzalez
When asked what it was like to be a Disney voice now, a voice that will live forever, Anthony said it was beyond his dreams. You see we were on Olvera street (the first street in LA) and Anthony had himself played music, sang and danced on that same street and he had dreamed of doing more. Anthony started singing at the age of 4 and followed in his older siblings footsteps.
As for Benjamin Bratt? This was one of Anthony’s most memorable moments.
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“The first time I met him was at D23. I had the honor to sing with the one and only Benjamin Bratt, which was so cool.” -Anthony Gonzales
I loved hearing how Anthony was in awe of this amazing actor that he had looked up to. They met for the first time at D23 and sang Remember Me to the crowd. They later were able to do some voice work together.
Coco arrives Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ as well as Movies Anywhere on February 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on February 27. With extensive bonus materials spanning from deleted scenes to story research in Mexico to designing the world of the Land of the Dead, the whole family will find hours of content to enjoy!