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Exclusive Interview With Disney Pixar’s COCO Anthony Gonzalez and Alanna Ubach

Disney Pixar’s COCO has swept through theaters and homes with this beautifully captivating film. I sat in an Exclusive Interview With Disney Pixar’s COCO Anthony Gonzalez and Alanna Ubach. A truly unique experience hearing Anthony Gonzalez talks about how he was cast in the role of Miguel and Alanna Ubach singing a song about Mi Burrito Sabanero!

Disney Pixar’s COCO Anthony Gonzalez and Alanna Ubach

I am so excited to finally announce that Disney Pixar’s Coco is now in theaters everywhere. Along with the release of this film nationwide, they have now released specific locations where you can view the film in Spanish.

Along with this awesome announcement, I am more than pleased to share with you my exclusive interview with Anthony Gonzalez Voice of Miguel and Alanna Ubach Voice of Mama Imelda.

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Interview With Anthony Gonzalez and Alanna Ubach

During our interview, we were treated to live performances of the two amazing people in the photo above. While Anthony Gonzalez sang the beautiful song “Remember Me” from Disney Pixar’s Coco.

Alanna Ubach sang a cute song that she sings to her 12-week old son. The song was called Buritto, and as a special treat, I have embedded those videos below.

It was truly an honor to have met with so many of these two wonderful people. During all of the Disney Pixar’s Coco Interviews, you really feel a sense of la Familia and you truly do feel the passion and love behind this film. Something that is beautifully portrayed in this film that will have you weeping and hugging your family extra tight after it has ended.

The First Time Anthony Saw Miguel

The first time I saw Miguel. I was actually very surprised, like, “Oh, we look alike,” and just to be a part of a Disney-Pixar movie is just a dream of mine. Because I have been watching these movies since I was very little, and to be in one right now is just amazing.

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Alanna’s Families Reaction To The Film

It was so surreal. I was sitting in between my mother, who is 78 years old. And my husband. And we just had a little boy. So, between the two of them, it’s too bad that I didn’t bring Kleenex, would have been a great arm exercise.

But he was just floored and he didn’t really know that I could sing like that. My mother used to tell me about this story of llorona. So, it was a big surprise for her to hear this song that I sang, because it’s about that woman, and it is about that character that she used to talk about when I was a little girl.

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Alanna Drew Her Character Inspiration From Tia Flora

This is based on my tia Flora. When I was a little girl, I remember her inflections. She was very grand. She was a very ornate character, and such an important figure growing up when I was a little girl, because, I remembered, it being eight o’clock in the morning, she had a full face of makeup on constantly, and she always wore her high heels.

At Christmas time when she entered the room, she was, “Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!!” I was so put off by her as a little girl because she was just too much, but now as a woman in my early forties, I can look at this woman with such respect.

And she had such passion. She was the DNA of my family, and she was very passionate and had this stoicism that was so admirable when I was a kid, growing up. I never forgot her inflections.

She was very sing-songy, and she spoke the way she spoke Spanish when she spoke English, and so I thought I’m going to make this character. I’m going to base her after my tia Flora.

Alanna’s Biggest Challenge For Her Character

Walking into the sessions on my own. But, thank goodness, you have Lee and Darla as the angels on your shoulder. Because of their passion for this, for this piece, is so infectious that even if you’re tired.

You’re just coming off of a plane, and you’re stepping foot in the headquarters of Pixar for the first time, it is a little intimidating, but they make you feel so welcome.

The Biggest Moment Anthony Seized with his Character Miguel

My biggest moment so far. I loved singing a lot for a lot of commercials and movies and press. I got to sing for Coco and it’s just so much singing as Miguel. I had so much fun singing the wonderful lyrics, and it was just so much being Miguel.

I had so much fun with the Grito. Especially that scene where Hector is teaching me about the Grito, I’m like, “oh, no, I don’t know about this.” I just really loved doing Gritos.

Full Video of Alanna Singing Mi Burrito Sabanero available on my Instagram account.

Alanna Sings Then Talks About Who Taught Her The Song

My mother, My mother used to sing it to me. Mi mama es de Sinaloa Mi papa de Puerto Rico (my mom is from Sinaloa {Mexico} my dad is from Puerto Rico). And, both of them, actually, knew that song.

And it’s about trying to coax a burrito, a little donkey, to get up the hill. It’s like, “Come on little donkey, get up the hill, so you can have your corn.” That’s what it’s about. It’s ridiculous.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

How Anthony Was Discovered

I actually never thought I would be an actor. But I would start going to this television show where I would read books in Spanish with all my siblings and other kids.

And one day a director was present, and she thought that me and my brothers would be great actors, so she gave us an agent, and I’ve been with him since I was four years old, and, yeah, look, here I am.

Anthony’s Advice To Younger Children Who Are Inspired To Become An Actor

Thankfully, I had the support of all of my parents and my siblings, so it was very easy to me, to do what I love. So what I tell all the people who really just have a hobby, or just what they love to do.

I love singing, and I love to act. So what I really did is just never give up, and really do my best, and do what I love, and no one can stop me.

Alanna’s Thought’s On Why This Movie Is Important For Parents

Well, I think it just paints such an exquisite picture of the afterlife, and when my son is old enough to see this film, he’ll be able to say, “Mama, if this is what the afterlife is like, I’m not afraid of death.”  It’s just as beautiful as birth.

Alanna On How She Would Like To Be Remembered By Her Son

That I sang him funny, silly little songs, and that I loved him with my very soul. He breaks my heart every single day. He gets a hammer to my heart and pounds on it and then hands it back to me, and then it takes me 23 hours to put it back together all over again, and then the following day he does the same thing.

He’s my life. He really is my life. And I hope he remembers that he was my life. He’s just everything to me. I never thought in a million years, that I would have such a love for this little-potted plant, who is my life right now.

“Coco” opens in n U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

When Anthony Started Celebrating The Day of the Dead

I do celebrate the Day of the Dead, the time I actually started celebrating was when my grandfather passed away. He was very special to me, because he was always there for me, and he would just be so funny, and he was always there to support me in what I loved to do, which was sing.

So starting when I was six years old, he passed away. I would love to celebrate the Day of the Dead, because it was a day where I could be with him, and connect with him once again, and that’s why I loved this joyful celebration. And I can’t believe I’m part of a movie that celebrates and shows this wonderful celebration.

“Coco” opens in theaters Nov. 22, 2017.

Traits Anthony Shares With His Character Miguel

I feel like me and Miguel just both want to pursue our dreams, Miguel looks at his idol like he wants to be just like him. That’s the quote he says “I want to be just like him.” I have a lot of singing idols and acting idols. I want to be just like them, too.

So I’m very similar to Miguel because we both just love the music, we both care about of our families a lot, and we know how important that celebration of Dia de Los Muertos is. That’s what I love most about really doing the voice of this awesome character.

What Anthony Hopes Families Take From This Film

I hope that the audience gets is basically, if they have a secret passion that they have, to share it with the world, and do what they want to do in life, and do what they love.

To really know about the wonderful culture, Mexican culture, and the wonderful celebration of the Day of the Dead. And maybe, who knows, maybe they will start celebrating because it’s a universal celebration.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Alanna’s Thought’s On The Importance Of This Film

It was so important for Pixar to make this movie, because, to me, it really does respect the one important quality that Latin and Latin Americans have, and that is the importance of family. That it can never be broken. No borders or presidents or politics can ever break the bond of familia.

About Disney Pixar’s COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent.

Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Pixar COCO Event

If you love Disney Pixar film COCO then you will love reading all about my visit to LA for the Pixar COCO Event. I had so much fun attending the red carpet premiere, and interviewing the cast for the film. Read all about the Pixar COCO Event using the links below.

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