Coco Film Analysis

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Coco, released in 2017, is an animated film directed by Adrian Molina and Lee Unkirch. It follows a young boy named Miguel Rivera and his journey as he is transported to the land of the dead. Generations ago, Miguel’s family became a family of shoe makers. Miguel’s great-great grandfather abandoned his great-great grandmother, Imelda, and his daughter Coco to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Instead of lying around crying because her husband left her, Mama Imelda banned music in her family and began a shoe making business to be able to provide for her young daughter. Unfortunately for Miguel, his dream of becoming a successful musician is halted by his family’s ban of music. He decides to pursue it anyway but is magically transported to the land of the dead on Dia de los…show more content…
Later in the film, it is revealed that it was not de la Cruz who was Miguel’s great-great-grandfather, it was Hector. Once Miguel leaved the land of the dead, he runs to Mama Coco to try to make her remember her father Hector. A study on listening by Rheling in (2009) describes the proper way of listening to those who are ill (Bui, Diem-My, COMM 101 lecture, January 6, 2018). The listener must be compassionate in listening and must not try to solve the problem. Prior to Miguel going to the land of the dead, Coco’s family heard what she had to say, but they never truly listened. After being transported back, Miguel went to Coco and asked her about her father. The rest of the family used to disregard whatever she had to say about her father. Miguel was the only one who exhibited proper listening. The outcome of Miguel’s proper listening skills led to Hector being remembered, and not forgotten. This in turn led to a happy ending where Hector is able to visit his daughter in the land of the living and where Miguel’s family accepts his dream of becoming a
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