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  • Writer's pictureLoren Javier

REVIEW: A Celebration Of The Music Of Coco

Disney brought together a cavalcade of Latino performers for this musical celebration of one of Pixar's most beloved films. It was a beautiful display of music both from the movie as well as other Mexican favorites. The 45 minute concert was filmed live at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

The show is hosted by Eva Longoria and Benjamin Bratt (who portrays Ernesto de la Cruz) and features special guests Carlos Rivera, Alex Gonzalez, Natalia Jiménez, Miguel and the Mariachi Divas among other. Alanna Ubach (who portrayed Mama Imeda) and Jaime Camil (who played Miguel's father) from the original cast return. And, Anthony Gonzalez's brother Alex fills in for him as Miguel (Anthony's voice had since changed).

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Coco is my heart, it means everything to me. It’s ancestors, family, music, love, culture, traditions, dreams, and passion. Coco is everything that inspires, connects, and makes the world a better place. It’s a unique film,” said Gonzalez. “The Hollywood Bowl is a very special place where we can celebrate and share our love and appreciation for music and Coco! It’s a huge honor and privilege to be a part of this beautiful performance at the Hollywood Bowl. I am so excited, can’t wait!”

I think Gonzalez's sentiments are shared by the Latino community as Coco is such a pop culture sensation. Whenever they do anything with Coco at the Disneyland Resort, people go crazy. You cannot get enough and this concert was just a love letter to the film.

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A Celebration of the Music of Coco features such great songs from the movie, including “Remember Me,” “Un Poco Loco,” “The World Es Mi Familia,” and “Proud Corazón." Not only does the show contain the music of Coco, but several songs to showcase Mexican culture, including "Cielito Lindo," "Bésame Mucho" and "La Bikina." All of this is done under a backdrop of a dazzling display of color and brilliant costumes. You couldn't have asked for a better celebration.

I'm a little late with this review, but wanted to share my feelings on this great special now airing on Disney+. If you are a fan of Coco or even a fan of great Mexican music, this is a must.

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