it’s annual A fall ritual that few culture writers are willing to thank. Every November, representatives from your favorite sites, including WIRED, gather to discuss what’s in store for Thanksgiving week. (Or “gobblecon,” as it’s called in the business.) No doubt, someone in the room ended up asking the question most destined to be asked: “How about a blockbuster Thanksgiving movie that everyone can watch together?”
Then… silence. There is no satisfactory answer. In terms of family-friendly holiday movies, Thanksgiving is almost as rare as “Big Day.”You can program 12 consecutive days of Christmas movies, from life is wonderful to Santa conquers the Martians to Elf. Independence Day has, uh, independence Day. You Can Even Celebrate Easter by Telling Gorgeous But Scary Bunny Stories watership valleyas long as you hate your child.
However, when it comes to popular Thanksgiving creations, the options are few and far between.The default answer is usually the delightful Steve Martin/John Candy Travels planes, trains and cars or jodie foster’s vacation home, A 1995 comedy about a rowdy party. They’re all good work, but none are family-friendly: Family There’s more bickering than gobbling, and Planes gets an R rating mostly because of a bunch of F’s).
And if you’re looking for a decent Thanksgiving-specific kids movie, you’re out of luck.there wasn’t even an animated musical called Bigfoot Pumpkinwhich is a shame as this seems to be the kind of movie that could net savvy studio execs billions and the songs have already been written (send script inquiries direct to Gourd4WhatAilsU@hotmail.co.uk) .
Clearly, it’s time for a new Thanksgiving movie tradition—one with unanimous approval that earnestly celebrates the holiday’s values of family, food, and a sense of shared history. As it turns out, the perfect candidate emerged last year: cocoa.
remember cocoa? Of course you do! It was Pixar’s major release in fall 2017, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide and ended up winning multiple Oscars. But in case you missed it: Set in Mexico, the film follows Miguel, a 12-year-old boy whose love of music inadvertently leads him to the Land of the Dead, where he lives with the dead. Long time family reunion. cocoa It ends with a lovely “Remember Me” serenade, one of Disney’s best earworms, though you might be too sniffy to fully notice it at the time, for reasons I won’t spoil here.
At the time of publishing, cocoa Considered another sweet victory for Pixar.Of course it’s not like The Incrediblesnor like Inverted.and it certainly doesn’t affect the existential torture of adulthood toy story 3A movie that flips all childhood nightmares like some rogue skill crane. cocoaIts charm and catchy approach perhaps make the film seem deceptively simple by comparison.
But recent rewatches of the film on the small screen — on Disney+, of course — are a reminder of just how far-reaching it was cocoa Can. For starters, it’s one of the best movies to watch in the past few years.Even on relatively small TVs, colorful Deadland residences and towering alebridges Energetic. In the world of modern home filmmaking, the film’s tone is particularly unique. It’s funny without being sparkly or pop culture-filled, heartbreaking without getting too sentimental. sometimes, cocoa It feels like Steven Spielberg riffing on Tim Burton, or vice versa — a lost story of a young boy featuring ironic skeletons whose eyeballs almost pop out of their heads fell out.