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  • Pixar did it again with the release of their 2017 film, "Coco".

  • One of their best offerings to date, Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician and helps his family heal from long-buried trauma along the way.

  • Of course, no Pixar movie is complete without all of the fun stuff they pack in to keep parents amused, too, so here are the things in "Coco" only adults notice.

  • What did I miss?

  • Pixar shoutouts

  • Pixar is famous for putting lots of Easter eggs and nods to other Pixar films in their movies, and "Coco" is no different.

  • For starters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear from "Toy Story" manifest in piñata form, along with Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc.

  • Additionally, Marlin, Dory, and other characters from "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory" can also be spotted on the table selling alebrijes that Miguel briefly drums.

  • Sid's famous skull shirt from "Toy Story" is sported by the pouty synthesizer musician during the talent show, and Nemo himself graces the family ofrenda.

  • And just like every Pixar movie, the Pizza Planet truck makes an appearanceonly this time, it's Pizza Planeta.

  • Old school tech

  • In the land of the dead, citizens rely on walkie-talkies for quick, local communication.

  • Agents at the Department of Family Reunions use typewriters or old Apple computers from the 1980s and 1990s.

  • The clerk has piles of papers, a rotary phone, and an adding machine on his desk.

  • When Miguel imploresctor to help him meet Ernesto de la Cruz, he pulls him into a phone booth for privacy.

  • Little kids might recognize some of the older technology, but adults are sure to feel a slight pang of nostalgia.

  • Dante

  • Dante might be super silly, but there's more to him than it seems.

  • He's not just a funny dog with a wagging tongue; he's Miguel's alebrije.

  • In the world of "Coco", that means he is his spirit guide and responsible for Miguel, which is an important mission for any creature.

  • There's more to know about Dante that's not obvious to kids in the movie.

  • For one, he's a Xoloitzcuintlior Xolo for shortwhich is an iconic, hairless dog breed famous in Mexico.

  • In Aztec mythology, Xolo dogs were sacred creatures who could move between both the land of the living and the land of the dead.

  • Additionally, Dante's name could very well be a nod to Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

  • Dante penned the famous "Divine Comedy", one of the most famous works of fiction ever to revolve around a journey through the afterlife.

  • It's just Dante!

  • Never name a street doghe'll follow you forever!

  • Pour one out

  • One of the many emotional scenes in "Coco" isctor's visit with Chicharrón, a friend and neighbor ofctor's in the land of the dead.

  • On the way there, Héctor stops and grabs two shot glasses of tequila so he and Chicharrón can share a drink.

  • However, Chicharrón's remains scatter into the breeze before they can imbibe together.

  • In response, Héctor drinks down his shot and places it upside down next to the untouched drink.

  • That's a nod to a tradition in several cultures of pouring out alcohol for your deceased loved ones, honoring their memory.

  • Frida Kahlo

  • Arguably the most famous Mexican artist of all time, Frida Kahlo and her work are celebrated in "Coco".

  • The iconic painter, who's known for featuring a variety of creatures and objects in her work, such as monkeys, Xolo dogs, and fruit of all kinds, has these things all around her in the film.

  • Her alebrije is a monkey, for example, and she calls Dante "the mighty Xolo dog".

  • Even her unibrow gets several shoutouts in the film, such as whenctor is busted for falsifying a unibrow.

  • Miguel's family also bristles when they rip off their unibrows later when they're all disguised as Fridas.

  • It makes perfect sense that Kahlo is a famous celebrity in the land of the dead, since she's much more famous posthumously than she was when she was alive.

  • Yes, it is I, Frida Kahlo.

  • It is an honor, señora.

  • Gracias!

  • Fertile metaphors

  • Kahlo is also well-known for depicting her face and body in her paintings and some of the complicated issues that come with being a woman.

  • Pixar somehow figured out a way to reference multiple explicit paintings through her performance scene in "Coco" in a child-safe way, while also making sure adults watching would immediately see the nod.

  • Tiny Frida Kahlos crawl out of a papaya and nurse on a cactusboth metaphors for female anatomy and both referencing specific paintings we can't exactly show here.

  • Adult viewers will notice this right away, though, and so do the characters in the film.

  • Is it too obvious?

  • I think it's just the right amount of obvious?

  • Cameos galore

  • If you're not familiar with Mexican culture, you might miss it, but the El Santo character is based on a real person.

  • El Santo was an extremely famous luchador whose wrestling career spanned decades from the 1930s to the 1980s.

  • He even starred in filmsmost notably, 1970's "The Land of the Dead", which showcased El Santo traveling to the underworld.

  • There are also other nods to famous Mexican celebrities and legends which young kids won't pick up on.

  • El Santo's red carpet date is María Félix, a famous Mexican actress.

  • Actors Pedro Infante and Jorge Negretelong famous in Mexicoget a hug from de la Cruz at his mansion blowout.

  • You can also spot a nod to comedian Cantinflas, who was wearing his iconic paper hat in the same scene.

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Pixar did it again with the release of their 2017 film, "Coco".

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Things Only Adults Notice In Coco

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