'Coco' Almost Included a Celebrity Tour Through the Land of the Dead -- Watch the Deleted Scene (Exclusive)
By John Boone
Disney and Pixar's Coco knows a thing or two about fame and fortune. Coco cleaned up at the box office -- becoming the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico -- won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, and is nominated for two Oscars. It is almost prophetic, then, that the movie nearly featured a celebrity tour through the Land of the Dead.
In this exclusive deleted scene, Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) boards an afterlife tour bus guided by Héctor (Gael García Bernal). Héctor's banter may be specific to the undead -- "What's your name? How did you die?" -- but the flashing skeleton who pops up at the end is very true to Hollywood Blvd.
"We wanted to find a fun way to introduce Héctor and we also wanted to establish the rules behind the Land of the Dead," co-director Adrian Molina explains. "So we ended up having him be a celebrity tour guide...He held the promise of maybe getting Miguel to Ernesto de la Cruz."
Coco's home entertainment release includes six more deleted scenes, as well as tutorials from Pixar artists on how to draw a skeleton and make traditional papel picado, an entire featurette about Dante the delightful Xolo dog and more. Here is the official breakdown of bonus features:
"Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in Coco; and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more. "
Coco is available digitally on Feb. 13 and on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra on Feb. 27.