The Land of the Dead in Coco (2017)

In this clip from Pixar’s modern classic Coco (2017), young Miguel – having been magically and accidentally transported from a crypt in his home-town’s cemetery during el Dia de Muertos – crosses a cempasĂșchitl bridge between the worlds and first encounters the Land of the Dead.

The filmmakers’ visualization of a towering, glowing necropolis in which successive generations have built their own strata, starting at the bottom with Aztec and Mayan pyramids, is discussed in this 2018 essay by Evan Chakroff.

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