Thanksgiving Movie Leaves Much Wishes. America needs a new one—Make it ‘Coco’

it is an annual autumn rites for which few culturists want to thank. Every November, representatives from your favorite sites—including, yes, WIRED—gather to discuss Thanksgiving week content. (Or “gobblecon,” as it was called in the business world.) Without fail, someone in the room finally asked the most damning questions: “What about a bunch of Great Thanksgiving movie Can everyone watch together?

And then… silence. There is no satisfactory answer. For family-watching holiday movies, Thanksgiving isn’t nearly represented by Bad day. You can program the value of 12 consecutive days Christmas movieare from It’s a wonderful life arrive Santa Claus conquers Martians arrive leprechaun. Independence Day has, well, Independence Day. You can even celebrate Easter by unleashing the beautiful yet scary bunny story Ship downas long as you hate your children.

When it comes to Thanksgiving crowd-pleasing items, however, the choices are few. The default answers are usually Steve Martin/John Candy’s fun travel magazine Planes, trains and cars or by Jodie Foster Home for the holidays, a 1995 comedy-drama about a tumultuous encounter. Both are good entries, but neither is made exactly for family viewing: Home features are more controversial than gobbled up, while Airplanes are rated R, mainly because a pile of F).

And if you’re looking for the right kids movies specifically for Thanksgiving, you’re almost out of luck. There isn’t even an animated musical called squashit’s a shame because that seems to be the kind of movie that could make billions of dollars from a savvy studio executive and pre-written songs (please direct script questions to Gourd4WhatAilsU)

Clearly, it’s time for a new Thanksgiving filmmaking tradition—a unanimous film that earnestly celebrates family values, food, and a shared sense of our shared history. this holiday. Turns out, the perfect candidate came last year: coconut.

Remember coconut? Of course you do! It’s the fall of 2017 pixar release, earn nearly a billion dollars worldwide and eventually won multiple Oscars. But in case you missed it: The film, set in Mexico, follows 12-year-old Miguel, whose love of music inadvertently takes him to the Land of the Dead, where he reunites with his family. have been away for a long time. coconut ends with a lovely piece of “Remember Me,” one of Disney’s best songs, though you’ll probably be too sharp-eyed to notice it at the time, for reasons I won’t reveal. here.

At the time of release, coconut considered another sweet victory for Pixar. Granted, it’s not zippy like amazing peopleI also don’t have the ambition to report like Contradictory. And it certainly doesn’t circulate in the existential torments of adults Toy Story 3a movie that debunks every possible childhood nightmare like some crafty crane machine. coconuton the contrary, very charming and engaging in a way that perhaps makes the film seem relatable.

But a recent review of the film on the small screen—of course, on Disney+—a reminder of how profoundly influential coconut maybe. For starters, this is one of the best movies of the past few years. Even on a relatively dark TV, land of colorful dead houses and soaring soak passionately vibrant. And the tone of the film feels especially unique in the modern world of home cinema. It’s playful without a wink or pop culture, heartbreaking without ever getting too sly. Sometimes, coconut feels like Steven Spielberg envelops Tim Burton, or the other way around—a lost boy story about ironic skeletons whose eyeballs literally fall out of their heads.


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