12-year-old Miguel Rivera harbours a lifelong dream of becoming a world famous musician as he grows up in the vibrant town of Santa Cecilia, Mexico. Ever since he can remember, his idol has been the world renowned performer Ernesto de la Cruz, in whose footsteps he desperately wishes to follow. However, he was born into a family of shoemakers who are against music with considerable zeal because of a tragic abandonment several generations ago. Against all odds, Miguel commits a misguided crime that transports him to the land of the dead and so, begins an adventure of following one’s passion in the face of adversity, standing up for the truth, and most crucially, remembering to love.
Following Pixar’s longstanding tradition of animated excellence, ‘Coco’, directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, represents Mexico in all its musical and motley glory, and is backed up by stellar performances from veterans Gael Garcia Bernal, Alanna Ubach, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Benjamin Bratt with a remarkably nuanced Anthony Gonzalez in the lead. With songs written by the Academy Award-winning duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, ‘Coco’ explores myriad themes of family, love, dreams, and memory. Here is the list of movies similar to Coco that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Coco on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Children of Heaven (1997)
This quaint little masterpiece from the Iranian great Majid Majidi portrays a wholesome relationship between Ali and his younger sister Zahra. Set against the backdrop of a richly varied but economically struggling Tehran, the naïveté of the young protagonists shine through the grime and strife of everyday life. The film centres around Ali trying his best to get a pair of shoes for Zahra, and this simple premise highlights the innocence and surprising insight of the two precocious leads.
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11. Paa (2009)