What are your favorite lines or scenes from the movie “Coco”?
The movie’s screenplay was written by Adrian Molina of California, but it was a Texas author who turned that script into a book that you can find at many bookstores and libraries.
Author Diana López of Corpus Christi took the screenplay from the Disney-Pixar hit movie and wrote the middle-grade novel, “Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family.”
López visited about a dozen El Paso-area schools Jan. 8-11 and also had a presentation at El Paso Alamo Drafthouse before a showing of the movie. The book, published in October 2017 by the Disney Press, retells Miguel’s adventure into the Land of the Dead and adds new scenes about his family.
El Paso connection
“Coco” has several El Paso connections, including two Riverside High School graduates who worked on the movie and said they drew from their experiences growing up on the border for their roles in the movie.
Actor Lombardo Boyar voices a mariachi singer at the beginning of the movie and Gustavo, a musician in the Land of the Dead.
Octavio Solis, a playwright and director, voices an arrival agent at the gates to the Land of the Dead, and served as a consultant for the movie.
López also wrote “Lucky Luna,” a story about 10-year-old who speaks English and her efforts to talk with her grandmother, who speaks Spanish.
Lucid Love, an El Paso group that promotes self-love, respect and anti-bulling efforts, invited Lopez to talk about her book and her love of writing.