Coco: Pixar Recorded Musicians To Make Sure They Animated The Characters Properly

Not Long ago, LRM had the pleasure of taking in a Pixar set visit, while there, we learned a good deal about the incredible efforts put into the studio’s latest hit, Coco. We were able to hear from the film’s co-director, Adrian Molina, who commented on the attention that was paid to the music in the film, more specifically, the representation of musicianship:

“Because our film is about musicians and there being musicians on screen, part of this source music journey and all the reference footage that we shot for the source music became crucial for the animation process. To really get you to believe that this kid isn’t just moving his hands and ‘movie magic’ he’s playing the guitar, but that he’s really a musician, he’s really playing these notes.”

Having played guitar, among other instruments since I was in high school, this is something I look for in both animation and live television. I pay close attention to see if the finger position and hand placements on the instrument are accurate. The fact that Pixar was dedicated to getting the intricacies of the instruments correct is a testament to the amount of effort put into the film.

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The team also heard comments from one of the musicians that worked on the film, songwriter and arranger Germaine Franco. She spoke highly of the Pixar animators and studio’s attention to detail:

“As a musician, it’s so amazing how the Pixar animators take the care of getting every single motion correct. I think it inspires people to see that artistry of their work as animators. It’s pretty amazing.”

The same love and effort put into the rest of the film was also put into the music Coco is simply a gorgeous film all around, from the colors and lighting, to the story and characters, as well as the music that plays a huge role in the film, Coco has played its way into the hearts of critics and moviegoers alike.

Have you seen Coco yet, if so what did you think? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Pixar Set Visit

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