I was honored to be invited to the #PixarCocoEvent, a Disney Pixar press junket for the Coco movie coming this November. As a guest, my expenses will be covered in return for a series of articles about my experiences.
“We would like to invite you to a very special Disney & Pixar hosted event in August – exclusively for our top bloggers!”
These were the opening lines of a very special email I received a few weeks ago. Those few words were all it took for me to know the rest of that email was going to be very exciting. As I read on I learned I was invited to join 25 other bloggers on a special Disney trip to San Francisco. We would see part of the Disney Pixar COCO movie and meet with those who are helping to create the movie. If that’s not enough, we’re also touring the Pixar campus and the Walt Disney Family Museum.
I knew I just had to go! However, traveling during the summer, without your kids, isn’t always so easy to arrange. Thankfully, my community has drop-in camp options for working parents. With a few phone calls and some please honey please, I was ready to commit to another exciting Disney adventure, my second Disney press junket.
With my first Disney press junket for the Beauty and the Beast film, (read more here) I was familiar with the film. But Disney Pixar COCO is different. This newest Disney Pixar film is based in the Land of the Dead and the traditions and customs surrounding the holiday of Día de los Muertos. I admit I did not know much about this Latino holiday. BUT I am eager to learn. It’s one of the reasons I am so excited to attend the #PixarCocoEvent.
Within days of accepting the invitation, my boys and I headed to the library. I was determined to check out all the children’s books about the Day of the Dead so we could learn more. The books were a great way to introduce me to a culture so rich with traditions and customs. I can not wait to learn more. While I’m away check out my list of children’s books about the Day of the Dead to get your kids prepared for the upcoming Disney Pixar COCO movie coming out this November.
Keep reading to find out what we’ll be doing during the #PixarCocoEvent press event and how you can win some of the souvenirs I’m bringing back home.
My Schedule for the #PixarCocoEvent Event
Here’s a brief look at some of the Disney & Pixar activities I will be up to while in San Francisco. I’ll list San Francisco time and New Jersey time so you can follow along with the #PixarCocoEvent on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep reading for details about how following along and asking me questions can earn you some souvenirs from my trip.
Wednesday evening, August 2
- 6:3o pm San Francisco time/9:30 pm New Jersey time ~ At the Pixar Animation Studios, we’ll screen footage from COCO introduced by Director Lee Unkrich, Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina and Producer Darla K. Anderson.
- 7:15 pm San Francisco time/10:15 pm ~ Reception in honor of the Disney Pixar COCO movie.
Thursday, August 3
- 9 am San Francisco time/12 noon New Jersey time. ~ We’ll return to the Pixar Animation Studios for breakfast before having a The Music of Coco demonstration with Michael Giacchino (Composer), Germaine Franco (Orchestrator), Camilo Lara (Consultant) & Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director).
- 10 am – 12:30 pm San Francisco time/1 pm – 3:30 pm ~ COCO Filmmaker Presentations
- A UNIVERSAL STORY OF FAMILY
- We’ll hear from Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director) and Dean Kelly (Story Artist) about how the COCO production team was inspired by research and specific cultural traditions, and how they infused them into their fantastical story set on Día de los Muertos.
- THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND THE LAND OF THE DEAD
- Harley Jessup (Production Designer), Danielle Feinberg (DP-Lighting), and Chris Bernardi (Sets Supervisor) will share how the expansive worlds of both the living and the dead were created in COCO through both research and imagination.
- BRINGING SKELETONS TO LIFE
- Daniel Arriaga (Character Art Director), Gini Santos (Supervising Animator), Byron Bashforth (Character Shading Lead), and Emron Grover (Simulation Technical Director) will help us understand how the skeletons in the Land of the Dead were imagined, designed, animated and clothed.
- PEPITA AND DANTE: A CLOSER LOOK
- In the Land of the Dead, Miguel and his faithful companion Dante encounter not only his ancestors, but also their loyal guardian Pepita, a magical creature based on Mexican folk art. We’ll learn from Alonso Martinez (Character/Rigging Artist), Nick Rosario (Directing Animator), and Christian Hoffman (Characters Supervisor) about how those characters were created.
- A UNIVERSAL STORY OF FAMILY
- 12:30 pm San Francisco time/3:30 pm New Jersey time ~ I’ll have lunch and shop in the Pixar store for the first Jersey Family Fun prize.
- 1:30 pm San Francisco time/4:30 pm New Jersey time ~ COCO press conference with Director Lee Unkrich, Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina and producer Darla K. Anderson.
- 2:00 pm San Francisco time/5 pm New Jersey time ~ ALEBRIJES WORKSHOPS – We will learn about the folk art behind Alebrijes and see how the Alebrijes in COCO were brought to life.
- 3:00 pm San Francisco time/6 pm New Jersey time ~ We’ll have a brief tour of the Pixar campus.
Friday, August 4
- 10:00 am San Francisco time/1 pm New Jersey time ~ We’ll visit the Walt Disney Family Museum for a guided walk-through of the “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” exhibit. *Andreas Deja was the Supervising Animator for “Scar” in THE LION KING which will be released on Digital and Disney Movies Anywhere, 8/15 & Blu-ray, 8/29.
- 10:30 am San Francisco time/1:30 pm New Jersey time ~ A tour guide will take us through the “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” exhibit.
- 11:00 am San Francisco time/2:00 pm New Jersey time ~ We’ll explore the rest of the Walt Disney Family Museum during a guided tour.
- 12:00 pm San Francisco time/3:00 pm New Jersey time ~ Lunch will be held at the museum with shopping afterwards. This is when I’ll buy the second Jersey Family Fun prize.
It will be a busy, yet fun few days. Now that you know what I’ll be up to, learn a bit more about COCO and then enter to win some souvenirs from my trip.
About Disney·Pixar’s COCO
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”).
Disney·Pixar’s COCO will be in theaters on November 22, 2017.
Take a look at the newest Disney·Pixar’s COCO movie trailer
This Disney·Pixar’s COCO movie trailer was released June 7, 2017.
For more information about COCO visit the COCO Official Channels
- TWITTER: twitter.com/PixarCoco
- FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/PixarCoco/
- INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/PixarCoco
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