'Coco' has meaningful moments growing up in a Mexican home, even if you don't live in a pueblo

12 News spoke with the Co-Director of the film 'Coco' Adrian Molina

Pixar is known for producing some of the most memorable animation movies of all time. 

The recent animation Coco has been making the rounds on social media. 

Words like "jaw-dropping," "mesmerizing," "beautiful," "memorable" and "family traditions" have been used to describe Coco.

I recently went go watch the film in a private screening. I cried at least three times and not because it was an emotional movie, but because it took me back to a time when I was a young kid. 

My mother's side of the family is from a small pueblo (village) in Jalisco, Mexico.

In the movie, you see Miguel, who is the main star, running through the pueblo.

Dirt roads, people selling fruits and vegetables in the streets, fresh bread being put out and finally the garden, also known as "el jardin."

The main attraction of a pueblo is, I believe, the garden.

That's where you see the story evolve into what the movie is about -- Day of the Dead.

Pixar definitely explored and did its research in explaining the beauty and uniqueness of Day of the Dead, even for people who have no idea why that day is so meaningful to not only Mexicans, but to many Latinos around the world. 

12 News had the chance to talk to the movie's co-director, Adrian Molina. 

"I think people have this misconception of how this is a Mexican Halloween, but really it's about family," Molina said about the meaning behind Day of the Dead. 

Nowadays, we are seeing Day if the Dead become more and more mainstream. The concept of the day is to celebrate life, to remember your loved ones who died. 

Molina said he even traveled to Mexico several times to really grasp how Day of the Dead is celebrated. 

The movie is full of color and definitely transparency.

You see the meaning of death in a different light. You see what could be life after death.

In the movie, Miguel has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the land of the dead and to be able to interact with his ancestors.

Miguel is guided by his dog Dante to the land of the dead, which plays a huge role in the movie, but I won't give too much away. 

Here are three things I noticed that made me really relate to the film:

1. Women striving to carry on their family, whether it be financial or traditions. 
2. Music is such an important part of family upbringing.
3. Don't ever run away from chancla (sandal) coming at you because it will catch up to you. 

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