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Pixar veterans Darla K. Anderson and Lee Unkrich told reporters backstage that the experience of working on “Coco,” which won the Golden Globe for animated film, has helped the company move forward after the jolt of allegations of inappropriate behavior leveled against Pixar stalwart John Lasseter.
In November, Lasseter went on a six-month leave from Disney after he was accused by multiple women of inappropriate conduct in the workplace. Lasseter is one of dozens of high-powered men who have been so accused in the past few months, sparking the Time’s Up initiative to help women across the country who face workplace harassment.
“We all can improve. We can all be better,” Unkrich said. “And at Pixar, we have been taking steps and we will continue to move towards making it an even better place for people to create art.”
For Anderson, it was important to be “in solidarity with tonight’s movement,” she said of Time’s Up, which was prominent throughout Sunday’s ceremony. “We have been looking at a lot of things and making our environment as safe as possible and with as much integrity as possible.”
“Coco” revolved around the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. To ensure cultural authenticity in the telling of the story, producer Anderson and director Unkrich brought in a host of experts and creatives with a vast range of experience. The disparate influences on the development of the production made for a much stronger movie — and that’s a lesson that Pixar is taking to heart.
“From the very beginning, we tried to create an environment that welcomed as many diverse voices as possible, not only in the consultants we brought in, but in the crew we assembled,” Unkrich said. “It was a very diverse crew and we’re proud of that, and we believe that all of those voices really did help make the movie as successful as it was. Moving ahead, we’re learning from the lessons of what we did on ‘Coco.’”PARACHO, Mexico (KTRK) — The popular Disney movie “Coco” is giving guitar makers in one tiny Mexican town something to sing about.
Guitar makers in Paracho, Michoacán, Mexico say their guitars stood out in film, and now they are flying off the shelves.
The guitar makers are also adding a little flair inspired by the movie, painting Dia de Los Muertos-themes skulls and symbols in multiple colors onto the guitars.
Those musical instruments are now finding homes around the world as the instrument maker ships internationally to meet the demand.
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It marks the Walt Disney Company’s 10th win in the category, an impressive feat when one considers that the the Golden Globes have only presented an animation award for 12 years. The only two non-Disney animation winners in the history of the Golden Globes have been Tintin and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
The other nominees in this year’s feature animation category were the aforementioned European entries – Breakthru Films/Trademark Films’ Loving Vincent and Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner – as well as Blue Sky’s Ferdinand and Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby.
Before tonight’s Golden Globe win, Coco had already emerged as the frontrunner for the Oscar, winning 27 out of 31 American film critics’ organization awards for best animated feature of 2017.
Nevertheless, the preference for Pixar might be a tad surprising for the Golden Globes, which are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of foreign film journalists, the majority of whom are based in Europe. Then again, the HFPA is not exactly a group that is respected for its knowledge of film. “They’re fucking ridiculous,” 2018 Golden Globe nominee Gary Oldman said of the HFPA. “It’s 90 nobodies having a wank. Everybody’s getting drunk, and everybody’s sucking up to everybody.”Pixar’s Coco has won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night in the US. The film follows a Mexican boy who dreams of becoming a musician, and accidentally ends up in the land of the dead during the annual Día de los Muertos festival.
Coco was nominated alongside The Boss Baby, Afghanistan-set The Breadwinner, Ferdinand – the story of a pacifist bull who doesn’t want to bullfight, and the fully-hand painted van Gogh biopic Loving Vincent. Coco grossed $589 million (about Rs. 3,730 crore) worldwide, and has become the highest-grossing film of all-time in Mexico.
Coco was made with a reported budget of $175-200 million (about Rs. 1108-1266 crore), and was notable for being the first film with a nine-digit budget (in dollars) to have an all-Latino cast. The voice cast included Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Alanna Ubach, and Renee Victor among others.