A viral tweet claims Disney stole the ‘Coco’ story line from a small town in Mexico without paying them anything for contribution.
Disney stole the Coco story
A tweet by Twitter user Coco Shircel said, “My boyfriend’s family visited the town from the movie Coco. The Grandma explained to them how their town is poor with a few resources. Disney interviewed her & her family to use their lives as a plot for their movie that made millions, but Disney is yet to give them a single cent.”
The story of Coco features the Mexican festival of Dia de los Muertos, in which the dead are honored. Pixar writer Lee Unrich is the one that wrote that the Coco story. However, he himself is a Cleveland native without connections to Mexico. He used trips to this Mexican town and help from Latina members of his staff and community to tell this story.
He said in an interview, “The Latino community is a very vocal, strongly opinionated community. With me not being Latino myself, I knew that this project was going to come under heavy scrutiny.”
He added, “We don’t normally open up the doors to let people in to see our early screenings. But we really wanted their voice and their notes and to make sure we got all the details correct.”
Coco made $807 million at the Box Office.
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Coco was released in 2017.