Everything about Coco appealed to me: Gael Garcia Bernal
The actor also noted how the character is similar to Baloo from The Jungle Book
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal says working on Coco, which tells the story of an aspiring musician's journey into the land of the dead, was an amazing experience.
In the animated movie, aspiring musician Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Héctor (voice of Bernal) on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.
"I have two little kids, so I see these films all the time," says Bernal. "I've dreamt of working with Pixar, but to do a project that is such a complex story, which also happens to take place in Mexico where I'm from, was just amazing. Everything appealed to me -- the music, the colour, the story, the characters, everything," adds Bernal, who also notes how his character is similar to Baloo from The Jungle Book.
"When I was a kid, I was struck by Baloo's laid-back philosophy on life. And I feel that in many ways, Héctor doesn't hold onto frustrations, prejudices or resentment. Héctor may be a little on the thin side, but he's very funny," he says.
Disney-Pixar's Coco will release in India on November 24. It features an original score from Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, a song by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director Adrian Molina. The film showcases the importance of family, honouring one's ancestors and following one's dreams.