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‘Coco’ Soundtrack Review: Get Hyped

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Based on the soundtrack, Coco will be like no other Pixar movie. Most scores for their movies are in the range of 50 to 60 minutes long. Not Coco. The movie, which comes out November 22nd, is filled with music to such an extent the score is 112 minutes long, which is longer than the movie’s runtime (109). It’s essentially split into two: The first half is full of songs and the second half is Michael Giacchino’s score. It’s a lot of music and, good news, all of it is wonderful.

Giacchino is a Pixar veteran, who has scored five of their movies, with Coco being the sixth. His score is full of delightful melodies and, even if it’s not as brilliant as his work for The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, or even Inside Out, it’s still very good. But the highlight of this soundtrack is not the score. It’s the amazing 22 songs that come with it.

You’ll find a lot of the cast as artists in these songs and even though Pixar insists this isn’t a musical, music plays an important role in the story. Some of the songs are entirely in English, some partly in Spanish, and other entirely in Spanish. I can’t speak for the experience of a non-Spanish speaker but the soundtrack is an amazing experience for me. I have not stopped listening to it for days.

One of the highlights is Remember Me, which will clearly play an important part in Miguel’s journey. Anthony Gonzáles, who voices Miguel, is amazing at the songs he gets, particularly Proud Corazón. The soundtrack also includes some tracks inspired by the movie, performed by Latino artists. These pop versions of the movie’s songs Disney always does have never been my favorite, but these ones are very strong. Spanish speakers beware, Bronco’s El corrido de Miguel Rivera basically tells you the entire plot of the movie, so if you don’t like spoilers, stay away.

All in all, I can’t recommend getting this soundtrack enough. You won’t be disappointed, it’s a phenomenal one!

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About Pablo Ruiz

Pablo Ruiz is a Colombian filmmaker. Movies like Toy Story, The Lion King and Aladdin made him fall in love with the art form and now he hopes to dedicate his life to telling stories, hopefully for Pixar (if they go back to doing original films). Some of his ambitions are making a movie as emotionally impacting as Toy Story 3, meeting JK Rowling, and petting a million dogs. Follow him on Twitter (@PabloRV7).
  • Marier Villarreal

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Coco’s Soundtrack ^^ I’m Mexican and I can surely say that Mexico is LOVING this film, and so did I. I’ve already seen it three times and most likely I’ll see it more times in the future. People are singing the songs at my university! XD

  • I’ve heard a few samples of the songs and really liked Remember Me, can’t wait to listen to all these songs in the movie/soundtack when I see it! All these positive vibes is really refreshing :DDD

    • Back from watching the film (SO AMAZING NEW FAVE PIXAR MOVIE!!)
      And the songs were so incredible and ever so moving in the movie!! Love how they also feel naturally put in the film like they weren’t just showing off anything like in any other Disney movie (which is not bad at all!!), this helps the story just feel so intricate and especially helps the feels so much!! The lullaby of Remember Me was definitely a fave!! AHHHH STILL CAN’T CONTAIN MY EMOTIONS FOR COCO!!!