January 11, 2018

Filipina animator wins Golden Globe for ‘Coco’

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    Have you watched Disney/Pixar’s Coco? If you haven’t, here’s one good reason to do so: the film just won an award during the 2018 Golden Globes, and a number of Filipinos are behind this success.

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    Deserving the special mention is Pixar supervising animator Gini Cruz Santos who is a co-recipient of the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Animation Motion Picture for the movie Coco. Santos is also the first female and Filipina to handle the position at Pixar.

    In an interview with PhilStar, Santos had shared that it took about six years to create Coco because of the intensive research required, which involved visiting Mexico several times. In another interview with The Local Lense, she also shared that the movie being about family and reaching for one’s dreams is what makes this movie easy to connect with.

    While the film is set in a Mexican cultural festival, which is also a first from Pixar, Filipino viewers will not have a difficult time relating to Coco because of the close similarity between the Philippine and Mexican cultures, especially in terms of family values.

    Coco was also nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for the theme song “Remember Me,” which was composed by Filipino-American composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The couple was also the songwriters behind the award-winning hit song “Let It Go,” from the animated film Frozen.


    Sources: PhilStar, Inquirer.net, Golden Globes website
    Image from: Coco Facebook page

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