– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s no secret that the process over at Pixar and Disney is to build ideas, break them down, rebuild them, and break them down again and again until they end up with the finished product. It’s how classics like Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were born, and their ability to kill their darlings is what leads to incredibly special and universal stories.

Coco is no different. As we learned during our visit to Pixar last year, Coco went through many different phases, and one such change came in the form of a completely different opening. USA Today released a new clip from an early storyboard of the film, and in it, we get a completely different start to the story.

While I can see why they’d want to start off the film with something like this (as it helps to explain certain cultural things), it does feel a bit too Disney for my taste. While I love Disney, I’d prefer Pixar to keep things a bit less musical, when possible. Additionally, it does actually feel a bit lazy for them to squeeze in an ungodly amount of exposition into the story in a song. Better to let it occur more naturally as it does in the film itself.

But what do you think of this original opening? Would you have preferred to see this musical approach to the story fully realized in CG, or do you think it had the opening it needed? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Coco hits Digital on February 13, 2018 and Blu-ray on February 27, 2018.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.