If you’ve been to the theaters recently to watch Pixar’s Coco film, then you probably know the madness that is Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The 22-minute short film plays before Coco, and it starts right after you watch 10 minutes of trailers. As much as I loved Coco, I hated the Frozen short film more.
And I’m not alone. Thousands of fans have been complaining about the short film online. Many people went on their social media accounts to warn their friends and family to arrive 20 minutes late.
While Coco has been receiving wonderful reviews (97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) Olaf’s Frozen Adventure has a terrible 38 percent audience score. And look, it’s not that the short film is THAT bad. It’s the runtime that has everyone pissed off. If this film was 5-10 minutes long, no one would be complaining.
But 22 minutes? After 10 minutes of trailers? That’s too much. Coco co-director Adrian Molina explained why Disney made the decision to place the short film in front of Coco…
“This year, we came out with two films: We had Cars 3 in the summer, and then Coco in the fall. Attached to Cars 3 was Lou, a [Pixar] short that we had developed in the studio. But for Coco, we didn’t have anything ready for it. And so Disney [Animation] contacted us and said, ‘We’ve got this Frozen short, and it’s kind of in the same wheelhouse in that it deals with the themes of family traditions and knowing what your family traditions are.’ And were like, oh, that sounds like a nice pairing.
It is longer than any short that has preceded one of our films before. So that was a little bit of an experiment.”
The good news is that Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was always going to be a limited release, which means it was never planned to be in front of Coco during its entire theater run. Disney told theaters this weekend to remove the short film, so if you wait a week or two to watch Coco, you’ll be able to avoid the 22-minute short.
We knew going in that Disney’s latest film, Coco, was going to win the box office Thanksgiving weekend, but we did not know it would win by this much. The animated film, which is a front runner for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, took home $71 million over the five-day holiday weekend.
And even though it failed to beat Frozen’s $94 million or Moana’s $82 million last year, it still dominated the box office. Its closest competitor was the disappointing Justice League, which brought in $40.7 million.
The cool thing about Coco is that it’s an even bigger hit outside the states. It’s the biggest release of all time in Mexico, and in China it was number 1 at the box office with an estimated $18.2 million over three days. The current global total for the film sits at $153.4 million.
Dave Hollis, the president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios, is not surprised by the film’s success across the world…
“Great stories can come from everywhere. They can come from all over the world, and when they’re executed as well as this is, can be relatable across languages and generations.”
For those wondering, Denzel Washington’s latest film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., did not perform well at the box office this weekend. It made just $4.5 million on over 1,600 screens across the country. The poor reviews from critics probably didn’t help.
It’s Thanksgiving week, and there’s a good chance you will hit up your local theater with your extended family. Or maybe the theater will be your escape from your extended family. Either way, you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely.
So here are your three best options this Thanksgiving:
I watched this film last night, and it was an extreme delight. It was probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year, which is saying something because I watched The Disaster Artist last week. Honestly, Lady Bird might be a perfect film. I can’t think of one negative thing to say about it. If your family has a sense of humor, and is not afraid of naughty language, then this is probably your best bet this Thanksgiving. It currently has that rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 150 fresh reviews. 0 rotten. Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this film, and I hope she wins some awards for her work. She definitively deserves to be nominated for Best Screenplay.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Once again, if your family is cool with naughty language and some dark a** humor, then you cannot go wrong with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This film will probably be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and it’s easy to see why. I was hooked from the first trailer, which was one of the best trailers of the year. Richard Roeper wrote, “This is the best movie I’ve seen this year.”
If your family is a bit more conservative, then Disney’s Coco is the movie for you. According to the critics, it’s right up there with Pixar’s Inside Out in 2015, and it’s the clear favorite to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. As we reported last week, the film became Mexico’s highest grossing film ever. It’s set to be released in the states on Wednesday.
Someone might want to figure out what the creative team at Pixar is drinking, because whatever it is, it’s working. They continue to produce hit after hit, and their latest film ‘Coco‘ might be one of their best.
Critics have been praising this movie. It has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s the clear favorite to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, and if it does, it’ll be the ninth win for Pixar.
Coco will be released worldwide next week, but it has been playing in Mexico for the last three weeks, to “coincide with the Dia De Muertos celebrations, during which the film takes place.” The movie has made 824 million pesos ($43.1 million USD) so far, and it’ll pass the 827 million record set by The Avengers five years ago.
For those who don’t know, Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who wants to follow in the footsteps of the legendary musician Ernesto De La Cruz, which is made difficult by his Grandmother who has banned music in the house.
“During Dia De Muertos, Miguel sneaks into the church where Ernesto’s guitar is located and is transported to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors and a trickster named Hector Rivera (Gael Garcia Bernal). As he tries to find a way back to the land of the living, he uncovers why his family is forbidden to play music.”
It’ll be released in the states November 22, and you should definitely check it out.
We love Pixar, and we’re always excited to see the new projects they’re working on, but the studio has been infected with the Hollywood sequel bug. They seem to be focusing a lot on sequels, and this year they’re only releasing one original film.
The good news is that this original film looks spectacular. In the first teaser trailer for Coco, we are introduced to a 12-year-old aspiring musician named Miguel. He’s obsessed with the legendary guitarist Ernesto de la Cruz, and when he touches the guitar hanging above Cruz’s grave, he’s taken to the Land of the Dead.
This film was directed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, so you know a lot of love and care went into making it.
While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Unkrich revealed he felt a lot of pressure when John Lasseter gave him the thumbs up to make this movie…
“The day John Lasseter gave the thumbs up for this movie, I immediately felt this huge weight drop onto my shoulders because I knew that we were doing something different than we had ever made at the studio. And that for the first time, we were going to have this enormous responsibility to do right by this culture and not lapse into stereotype or cliché.”
Check out the first trailer below. It’s scheduled to hit theaters November 22, 2017.