Coco

New this month Question: Where does Hector get the photo of himself?

New this month Answer: It is never really explained in the movie, but we could assume that whenever someone dies they keep whatever items they had on them. Hector may have had the photo on his person when he died.

Question: Why didn't the aunts just tell Miguel that Ernesto De La Cruz wasn't his grandfather when Miguel was rambling about it when he entered the Land of the Dead?

Answer: The aunts may not actually know. Because his ancestor hated him so much, she may have talked about him very little in both the real world and the afterlife.

Greg Dwyer

New this week Answer: Because Miguel didn't unambiguously talk about his wrong assumption. In other words, he never said, "my grand-grandfather and Imelda's husband, Ernesto de la Cruz" (which is wrong). He only called him grand-grandfather and Imelda simply referred to him as a good-for-nothing musician. The aunts, uncles and the grandfather Julio all knew about Hector, as can be inferred from the reunion scene.

FleetCommand

Question: After Chicharrón is forgotten and disappears, where does he go?

Answer: No one really knows, perhaps the 'true' afterlife, though that is entirely speculation.

Question: Could someone please identify the character voiced by John Ratzenberger?

Johman

Answer: Juan Ortodoncia - he's the one who gets to cross over to the Land of the Living because he's remembered by his dentist. It seems like he also still has braces on his teeth.

Bishop73

Question: Why didn't Miguel become cursed when he stole the chicken leg off the grave offering? Is that when Dante became cursed, since technically he ate the chicken leg so he stole it? Or is Dante just a spirit guide the whole time?

Answer: Miguel became cursed not just because he stole an offering, but because he stole from his family. Dante is always a spirit guide.

New this week Answer: The chicken leg didn't belong to a dead person. Its legal owner was alive and well. The spirit of dead do not take possession of the offering. They take a spiritual copy of it.The legal owner of the guitar, however, was dead.

FleetCommand

Answer: Clearly intent has something to do with it. When Miguel took the chicken leg, he wasn't intentionally "stealing" it. When he took the guitar, he knows he's stealing it. His intention is to borrow it, but he knows what he's doing is wrong.

Jason Hoffman

Question: When you look at Abuelita's ofrenda, the bottom row has more pictures of family members. Where were they during Día de Los Muertos? They couldn't have gone to the true afterlife since they were on the ofrenda right?

New this week Answer: They simply didn't appear on screen. That's all. (Although I don't remember seeing photos whose characters were unaccounted for. Must watch again...) By the way: "Abuelita" means "grandmother" in Spanish. The character's first name was Elena. (You probably know her last name was Rivera).

FleetCommand

Answer: These other ancestors may only be faces on the family's altar. Their photographs may still be put up, but if there are no anecdotes to remember them by, their names and faces may not be strong enough to count as being remembered.

Question: When Miguel first meets Hector, Hector claims he used to work with Ernesto, who Miguel initially thought was his great-great grandfather. When Hector confronts Ernesto after Miguel first meets him, Hector reveals how Ernesto murdered him with poisoned wine. Why doesn't Hector tell Miguel that earlier when they first meet?

Johman

Answer: Because Hector didn't realise he had been poisoned until The scene where they meet. It is only after he sees the scene from Ernesto's movie that he puts it together.

Exactly. It's shown in the film that Hector, and other souls, believe he died from eating bad food. Hence his embarrassing nickname.

Jason Hoffman

Question: What happened to Ernesto after he was crushed by the bell in the Land of the Dead?

Answer: I believe he died the final death because his skeleton body was presumably crushed. Hope this helps.

Also, a sign with "Forget" has been put on Ernesto's tomb in the living world, which would speed his demise if no-one remembered him.

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Clerk: I am terribly allergic.
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Clerk: And I don't have a nose, and yet, here we are.

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When they jump in the pool, they drop the guitar. When they jump out of the pool their guitar is no longer in the pool.

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The Pizza Planet truck from "Toy Story" passes by Miguel's house near the beginning of the film. Also in the marketplace, a small Nemo doll is on a table and dolls of Mike Wazowski and Woody are hanging from a stall.

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