Despite 18-percent of the population in the U.S. identifying as Hispanic or Latino, Disney Studios recently released its first feature-length film based on a character from a Spanish-speaking culture.
Coco opened in October to a huge box office draw and overwhelmingly positive reviews, but not all of the reviews are from film critics.
One Mexican-American woman was affected so significantly after watching Coco that she sent a letter to the movie’s director Lee Unkrich.
Unkrich shared her letter on Twitter:
— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) November 29, 2017
The letter starts out with the disclaimer:
I will admit, I feel a little silly emailing such a large company and am pretty sure you won’t even read this. But I figured I’d give it a try.
Then she dives right in:
Growing up, my parents and sisters used to watch Pixar movies all the time. The only problem was that we would have to pause the movie every 5 minutes to explain to my parents what the characters were saying because both of my parents are not very fluent in English. Of course nowadays it is much easier because we are able to select Spanish versions and subtitles. But you can imagine the difficulty in the 90s!But now there’s Coco. Not only did you make a movie for mi gente, you’ve also made it viewable in THEATERS in SPANISH!”
Let me explain why this means so much. To me, last night, for the first time in my life, I took my mom to the movies. We went to the movies like real Americans do!
My mother had tears in her eyes. She hadn’t been to a movie theater in over 30 years. She has always felt a bit out of place in the States. But last night, she forgot she was not from here. She felt at home. And of course the movie made us cry too!