Coco is poised to be Pixar Animation Studio’s most musical movie to date; director Lee Unkrich even said the film “has music in its DNA.” Now that the soundtrack listing has been revealed, we have a better idea of the treat we’re in for.
The official soundtrack for Pixar’s animated film Coco will feature 35 tracks: 11 songs and 24 score pieces. The soundtrack is currently available for preorder and will be released on November 10.
- Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz)
- The Skeleton Key to Escape (score)
- Much Needed Advice
- The Newbie Skeleton Walk (score)
- Everyone Knows Juanita
- Adiós Chicharrón (score)
- Un Poco Loco
- Plaza de la Cruz (score)
- Family Doubtings (score)
- The World Es Mi Familia
- Taking Sides (score)
- Remember Me (Lullaby)
- Fiesta Espectacular (score)
- La Llorona
- Fiesta con de la Cruz (score)
- Remember Me (Reunion)
- I Have a Great-Great-Grandson (score)
- Proud Corazón
- A Blessing and a Fessing (score)
- Remember Me (Dúo)
- Somos Familia (score)
- Will He Shoemaker? (score)
- Reunión Familiar de Rivera (score)
- Shrine and Dash (score)
- A Family Dysfunction (score)
- Miguel’s Got an Axe to Find (score)
- Grabbing a Photo Opportunity (score)
- The Strum of Destiny (score)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (score)
- It’s All Relative (score)
- One Year Later (score)
- Crossing the Marigold Bridge (score)
- Coco – Día de los Muertos Suite (score)
- Dept. of Family Reunions (score)
Fans of Disney and Pixar’s previous work may recognize some of the names behind Coco’s music: Michael Giacchino (of Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles fame) composed the film’s original score, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who penned Frozen’s “Let It Go”) wrote one of the original songs, “Remember Me.” Also on board for songwriting are Germaine Franco and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina.
As has been the case for recent Disney films (Frozen, Moana), the end-credit song will be an alternate version of one of the film’s main songs, in this case “Remember Me” as sung by Grammy-winning singers Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade.
In addition to the score and original songs, Coco also includes traditional Mexican songs as source music, played by the residents of Miguel’s town of Santa Cecilia and fueling Miguel’s dreams to become a musician himself. Franco worked with musical consultant Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound, along with cultural consultants Benjamín Juárez Echenque and Marcela Davison Avilés, to accurately portray different types of Mexican music in the film. Some of the Mexican genres included are banda, marimba, mariachi, and son jarocho.
“From day one, the whole idea was to be as authentic as possible,” said Lara. “We listened to a lot of music – from sophisticated to street. I think we managed to present a beautiful mosaic of the vast diversity of our music.”
The music in Coco promises to not only be culturally authentic, but also emotional, evoking themes of family, connectedness, and remembrance. “When I saw Coco, a mosaic of emotions came over me,” said Giacchino. “It made me think about my family and my connections to relatives back in Italy. This film speaks to everyone.”
You can check out the sounds of Coco yourself when the soundtrack is released on November 10, or wait until the movie hits theaters on November 22.