Coco is beautiful and full of detailed animation that is hard to fully admire through the constantly progressing storyline. Taking place during Dia de los Muertos, the animators are burdened with creating intricate costumes for many of the characters. With all of the pressure, the animators do a great job of creating smooth transitions and glorious settings. One of the highlights of the artwork was the spirit animals. These neon and often glowing animals are vivid and full of imagination. Aside from that, the movements of the characters are fluid and there never appears to be a slip up in the film that probably took many years to produce.
Similarly to Inside Out, the storyline for Coco is full of heart and empathy. The film centers around a young boy struggling to find himself between his passions and his family's values. Of course, there are multiple twists and turns along the way. We meet sensitive characters and awesome creatures that help guide Miguel towards the correct path. While the film is formulaic, it still feels fresh because of the revelations that occur. A nice addition to this Latin film is the soundtrack which includes mariachi tracks and orchestral Latin compositions. For a film that centers around music, the original and compilation soundtracks mesh together well.
The Bottom Line: Coco is the greatest Pixar film to be released since Inside Out, revolving around a young boy's journey in finding himself.