What ‘Coco’ did as the first Disney Pixar film two years ago is nothing short of incredible.
Indeed, back in November 2017, when ‘Coco’ topped ‘Justice League’ for the worldwide box office crown in the latter’s second week, it heralded the beginning of the end for DC’s massive team-up film, the fifth part in the DCEU, ‘Justice League.’
It’s unusual for a new film to completely outperform an established film at the box office, especially one that isn’t part of a series. Nonetheless, it is precisely the clout that Disney and Pixar wield as franchises and box office behemoths that makes this possible.
‘Coco’ finished its spectacular box office run with almost $800 million, the majority of which came from Mexico, and went on to win BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and, most memorably, two Oscars: the first for Best Animated Film and the second for Best Original Song, ‘Remember Me.’
Normally, the great success of ‘Coco’ would warrant a sequel, but Pixar, while being one of the world’s largest film production companies, operates slowly, which is also why Pixar’s films are almost immaculate technically.
As a result, with Disney now controlling nearly half of the entertainment industry, there has been no word on a sequel to the hit film.
It’s easy to see why there hasn’t been much talk about a ‘Coco’ sequel, but if cinema business has taught us anything, it’s that something as profitable as ‘Coco’ will inevitably have a sequel, sooner or later.
After the upbeat finish to the first, we take a stab at guessing what the sequel might entail for us, as is common here. Continue reading to learn more.
Coco 2 Release Date
Given the absence of official confirmation on how or even if a sequel to “Coco” will be made, it’s tough to forecast a release date, but a 2022 release, five years after the first, appears to be a possibility at the time.
Coco 2 Plot
The first film ended on a happy note, with Miguel returning to the land of the living, restoring Hector’s legacy, and reconciling him with his great-great-grandmother Imelda, before concluding with Miguel performing for all of his relatives, living and dead, after the ban on family music was lifted, as with virtually all animated films.
The events of the film take place during the well-known Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos, and the directors based the film’s mood on this occasion.
In an interview, character designer Alonso Martinez remarked, “We started Coco with a simple idea: a love letter to Mexico, for all the beauty of its people, customs, and depth of love.”
Mexico was gracious enough to reciprocate, with Mexico accounting for a sizable portion of the film’s income and ‘Coco’ proving to be one of Disney’s most successful blockbusters in the country.
If and when a sequel to ‘Coco’ is made, it must inextricably replicate the film’s vivid, colorful, and musical spirit.
Other Mexican legends, such as Cinco de Mayo or the Son Jarocho, might be explored in the sequel, but I doubt it will depart from the established structure that worked so well in the first film.
“I would jump at the chance if given the chance.” Even if I’m not a part of it, I’m hoping for a sequel. I’d like to know more about Miguel, including what he’s up to and what he’s doing.
Anthony Gonzales, the 15-year-old rookie actor who portrays Miguel in the film, stated, “I’m wondering about his bond with his new baby sister,” and Gonzales’ statements also hint at one possible direction for the sequel.
The sequel might take place a few years after the events of the first film, with Miguel’s younger sister embarking on her own musical journey and Miguel relegated to the role of mentor.
This would, however, necessitate a significant time leap of five to six years, which is exactly the amount of time required to develop the second ‘Coco’ film, counting from the initial release date.
If the time jump isn’t too significant, which is more likely, Miguel might return as the protagonist, embarking on a second journey to the afterlife to reconcile with his elder family.
Gonzales is also hopeful about reprising his role, despite Disney’s lack of official confirmation, and regardless of the direction the sequel takes, the friendship between Miguel and his sister, matured or not, should be pretty sweet to behold.
Unfortunately, no additional plot details are available at this time because the film has not yet been confirmed.
There have been suggestions on the internet, with one particularly popular IMDb thread gaining popularity for its rather saucy details (or predictions) about the plot of a potential sequel, claiming that ‘Coco 2’ will pick up six years after the events of the first, with Miguel’s ancestors pleading for his assistance in returning to the land of the living to seek refuge from an authoritarian, masked skeletal figure who despises music, just as D is about to do. In these highly interesting, pulpy speculations about the sequel, music must once again win the overall odds. Still, I must emphasize that none of it is official at this time.