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THE TRUTHBEHIND

W E N E M O S E W A

S E I V MO imated ality! n a o w t e s e h t o re See how flicks stack up tVE BY KAREN DE SE ETH HILFRANK AND ELIZAB

COCO GHOSTLY JOURNEY Twelve-year-old Miguel dreams of becoming a musician. But his relatives banned music decades ago after his great-great-grandfather chose singing over his family. When Miguel accidentally journeys to the Land of the Dead, he seeks out his great-great-grandfather in the hopes of finding a connection to his love of music. In real life, of course, people don’t hang out with their departed ancestors in a magical world. But many Mexicans do honor their ancestors during Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Celebrated around November 1, family members visit graves to clean tombstones and leave food and other gifts for their departed loved ones. FLOWER POWER In the movie, millions off marigolds form the bridge that connects the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. These golden flowers arre actually an important part of Mexican culture. Many believe that marigolds’ strong scent helps guide spiritts to their graves during Day of the Dead celebrations. PROTECTIVE PUP Before entering the Land of o the Dead, Miguel befriends a hairless dog named Dante D that joins him for his journey in the magical world. Dante resembles a real-life Mexican dogg breed known as “xolos”(pronounced shoh-LOHS). Named after the Aztec god Xolotl(pronouncedd shoh-LOH-til), the dogs are believed to guard homes from evil spirits.

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MIGUEL (LEFT) AND DANTE SEE THE LAND OF THE DEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM THEIR SPOT ON THE MARIGOLD BRIDGE.

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