The director of Pixar's box office hit Coco, Lee Unkrich, tweeted an emotional letter from a fan who shared her experience seeing the movie with her mother. It was the first time she and her mother had gone to the theater to see a film. Coco, which has touched many Mexican-American moviegoers for its positive portrayal of Mexican culture and characters, was also released in theaters in both English and Spanish. The decision to do so gave native Spanish speakers the opportunity see the film in a theater instead of waiting to watch at home with subtitles.
In the letter, the woman explains that her mother has not been to a movie theater in 30 years.
Last night, for the first time in my life, I took my mom to the movies. We went to the movies like real Americans do! My mother had tears in her eyes. She hadn’t been to a movie theater in over 30 years. She has always felt a bit out of place in the states. But last night, she forgot she was not from here. She felt at home. And of course the movie made us cry too!
Coco follows the adventures of a young musician who follows his dreams of being like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Along the way he finds himself trapped in the Land of the Dead and, with his new friend Héctor, sets out to uncover a family mystery.
I’m Mexican and you don’t really know what Coco means for Mexico now more than ever so muchas gracias por representarnos. 🇲🇽 💕— Ailen (@McNiallerMofo) November 30, 2017
This movie is a beautiful piece of art. My mexican family celebrates el dia de los muertos by just paying a regular visit to the cemetery but after watching #Coco we’re definitely embracing the full altar tradition & I’ll encourage my loved ones to do it. Thank you #PixarCoco— j on (@Justradioactive) November 30, 2017
Im mexican too and I can say you guys completely nailed Mexico's essence, loved Coco so much!!! <3— Ximena M. (@coldplay109) November 30, 2017
Thank you for letting the rest of the world see just how wonderful my country is! This movie is so meaningful for many of us!— Gaby Hidalgo ϟ (@gabsshidalgo) December 1, 2017
That was beautiful. I wish I could hug you and your mom right this very moment. ❤️❤️❤️ After 30 yrs 2see THIS film of all films.can’t even begin 2imagine. Mex Am.s hav 4ever changd my experience in my own country &I cant imagine my home (Az)w/o u. Gracias & Besos— Kim McDaniel (@kmcdanielart) November 30, 2017
Thanks to Pixar for finally making Mexican immigrants feel like they belong in this country at a time like this. My mom was happy too! being able to finally watch a Pixar film without having to explain to her what was going on. A big thank you! 🇲🇽— Ana Flores (@anabananerz) December 2, 2017
As a Latina living so far north.. after watching Coco, I felt as if I was with my Mexican-side of family again. I couldn't help but think of those who had passed away and how much I wish to see them again. Thank you for reconnecting me with my roots.— Feed the Cheetoy (@Chee_toy) December 1, 2017
How moving😂 I’ll have to do the same-take my parents . They’re in their 80s and from Mexico and I’m sure they’ll get a kick out of it. Thanks for putting on a positive light on our people and culture. It’s been a very hostile climate lately towards Mexicans. Muchisimas Gracias!— Teresa Ramirez (@TeresaR67413945) December 1, 2017
The fact that this beautiful movie exists makes the world a better place ❤️ I love how it represented my culture— Dulcé (@surseoir) December 1, 2017
Loved Coco!! Thank you for creating such a sweet, heartwarming film. Such a beautiful representation of Día de Los Muertos and all Latinos that celebrate it.— Maris (@mariBrelaxin) December 1, 2017
I love the movie it felt like home to me as well I'm Mexican American also and I took my family to see it they all loved it and cried such a beautiful movie it makes you think of your grandparents and how much they have left and to think about spending time with them more often— DAISY 🎃🦃🍁sfcon (@GirlGamerDaisy) December 1, 2017
I'm not crying. You're crying.