Pixar’s Coco and the World of Animation with Carlos Moreno Jr.
Today on the show is Carlos Moreno Jr. Carlos was the voice of a handful of characters in the Oscar® Nominated Animated Masterpiece “Coco.” Coco is, by far, one of the best-animated films I’ve ever experienced. It one of my top five films of 2017.
Carlos Moreno Jr., key to the stellar cast of Pixar’s most lauded feature since “Toy Story,” is a name you need to know from “Coco,” the multi-awarded, “Golden Globe” and “Critic’s Choice” winner, was the headline speaker at the Sundance Latino Filmmakers panel where he will launch the Legacy App. (www.legacyapp.co) with the always appealing, creator Mel Ramirez. This app allows you to share your photos and videos with your loved ones long after you have passed.
This app allows you to share your photos and videos with your loved ones long after you have passed. A highlight of this stand-alone special Festival programming, is the selection of a unique, top-tier film to premiere after the panel which is Moreno’s signature award-winning short, “Panacea.” We are joined by star and co-writer of the short Kyle Devero.
Thanks again to Media Circus PR who co-produced these podcasts episodes with me. Enjoy my interview with Carlos Moreno Jr.
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Welcome to the indie film huslte podcast episode number 219 happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people Anonymous broadcasting from the back alley in Hollywood. It’s the indie film hustle podcast where we show you how to survive and thrive as an indie filmmaker in the jungles of the film.
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So head over to amazing music tracks. So guys, I wanted to give you an update. I am just going crazy on this top secret project. So I am I’m sorry. I’m a little late this week. You guys will understand. When I tell you what I’ve been working on in the lab so I cannot wait to share this information for you.
But until then today on the show, we have Carlos Moreno jr. Who’s one of the stars of Pixar’s Coco and one of my favorite films of the year, we have not seen Coco. You should definitely watch it is by far one of my favorite films of 2017 and we talk a lot about animation about Pixar about how he’s working and then he’s also director and has a new.
Film that we’re going to talk about as well and he’s involved with this insanely cool app as well that he’s going to be announcing as well. So it’s a whole bunch of stuff that we talked about at Sundance. So again, thank you to Media circus PR for helping us with the series of interviews. We have a few more left from my son Dance Experience.
And we’re also joined by Kyle Navarro who is a co-writer and star of that short film that we’re talkin about. So the episode is just plump full of cool stuff. And we also get a bit emotional in this episode. So without any further Ado, here’s my conversation with Carlos Moreno Junior. Welcome to the show guys.
I’d like to welcome Carlos Junior Kyle and I want to have you guys on because you have a ton of stuff to talk about. Yeah many different projects, but first I want. Get into Coco arguably my favorite film of the Year. Absolutely loved and we’ve never had anyone on the show. That talks in that been in first of all as worked with Pixar and going the whole animation process.
So that must have been tell me what the experience like working behind the curtain well experiences. You never know. How’s it going to come out because you’re their booth and the director is directing you say this line say word. Can you elongate the word instead of just and it’s and. Different pitches and different sounds and characters for which one’s character do.
Well the most memorable memorable is the corn man man. Uh, and then I have uh, the other the other funny little characters. Um, but for matters is nice nice and then so so you just go in for a few days and that’s it. How long were you there? Uh a couple days couple days. He writes a couple of days and it’s you act like a.
I think your role or a general so it’s not really work. You just go out there and have fun and you recorded at Pixar. I know we recorded at Warner Brothers. Okay, so nice and the director was there with you and on the way and it did you what did it was your experience when you first. As I cried man, I have tried I saw my family there I saw myself in there.
I mean, I I play a little bit of guitar makes me want to go and pick up the guitar again. It’s it’s pretty it has that magical, uh tone that Universal Fame. I think that’s why people are really resonating with it, which is family and love basically family love and it’s a very very powerful from argue.
Thank you one of my favorite. Pixar movies of all time thank you. Really? What’s good now do a lot of Animation you’ll have four servers. Um, I’ve done two other ones, um, but it’s still kind of new for me nice work if it was happy for you too. That was fun. Not you have to play a little penguin.
And then there was another one that’s legal in the movie that must be those Legoland. Um, a lot of little Legos at dying, you know, have fun because you have to make all these little voices but there’s nothing like like, uh, just being right there present and then you just, you know, commit whatever it is, you just got to commit and when when you got the call from assuming your age and say Hey, you know, you’re going to be in a picture.
I didn’t know how to react. It’s like what Disney because I used to work for Disney long long time ago doing what so um, I was a tester video games. No. No. Yeah another good job if you can get it. Yeah. Yeah, you stay sit down. It’s not a it’s not as glamorous as they think never even thinks it kind of goes really nice because it’s like full circle once you work with the mouse.
I’ll make us about yeah. Yeah, I went to school in Orlando where the mouse was very present at all times. So talk about your new short. The new short film you did was which is the name again. It’s called Panacea. So tell me a little bit about that. First of all, I heard there was a unique story of how easy even produced.
Yes. Um, it’s a short film is 22 minutes long. Um how my buddy, uh, we were working on a project. And um, we were sitting down and then I get a phone call and it’s like hey, he’s my DP like hey, uh, I have I have access to uh, twin Alexa. That’s now you’re not gonna say no to that. So so I went like so what do you want me to do you guys can you shoot something like super fast and when within a week, so it was a gift that they gave us and then I just Hulk hell.
Yeah, I know and that’s it here. Let’s just write this thing. It turned out to be seven days. Um, we have the election Friday with four or five days and then Monday. When they returned it was another four or five days. So just that alone gave was the ability to rehearse a little bit. Huh-uh. So we were her subscribe.
We were first a lot out of it. You could say crap OK it’s ok. But um, my other actors might really didn’t have that much time with him. It was just okay, we’re all gonna get together. We’re going to rehearse for a couple of hours and then let’s just be I did give him the permission to just. Be present and not to shy away from from what the theme is and uh, it ended up being something.
I mean quite special I as I remember I was editing and I think it was few hours later. I was late. I would say I started looking at it and I started. Cry because I saw my aunt in there. I saw my grandfather Tells A little yeah, it’s about dying with Dignity, uh every so often that um that comes up in films and it comes out and and um people news so um because of my aunt that she went through something similar when she passed.
Uh, I would look in her eyes. And I could do is just hold her hand and she was like help me. Yeah, so it’s very painful, but it’s quite it’s quite beautiful at the same time. So we try to put a lot of humor into this so it’s not so heavy and I think that’s how people are resonating because they see themselves.
In this character or you know what we’re going through with this with this and what did you think when he called you like we have an Alexa? Well, I was sitting next to him when I got the call. We were working on something and you don’t know Carlos. Look, I know Carlos Carlos gets up. He’s like are we gonna do over my calm down?
We’ll figure this out. We’ll come up with something. Uh, just you know sit on it don’t. Worry too much about it. So we finished when we were doing at the house and then the next day he called me. He’s like, you know, I watched this episode of advice. I think I have something um, uh, we can you know, something hit home with him and he told me the whole story I end up watching the episode myself and you know, we end up meeting up putting together guerette, um, which went from there and now there’s an app that’s involved.
Yes. So of that sure, uh, so once I. Uh, you know, I have a friend of mine. His name is Ramirez. So Mal had talked to me about this idea this app, which is called the Legacy app and it’s basically um videos. Messages that you have that you can record yourself and then whenever you want you can send those messages long after you passed.
So they’re quite something, you know, they’re special very special because you know, the first thing when we leave or someone leaves us, what do you do you go to the phone and you look through the pictures and you know want to go you want to get as much information. So he told me about this and I say hey Mel, um, Or is it go they say hey Mel.
Um, uh, can I use the app so that we could you know, put it in this film. I think it’ll kind of round everything up then this right over here right after we shot. He goes dude we should record it and we should we call me talkin to my loved ones and leaving these messages because I’m no longer there.
So the messages I think one of them was my 50th birthday my character so it’s like, you know. 30 20 years from now. Yes. So um, so it kind of came together so perfect and it’s just it’s just the beauty of it. So you you you feel for this character because it’s only 22 minutes but I we we get you in 22 minutes you feel in 22 minutes you laughing 22 minutes and then Legacy helped help with the production and um the Legacy once I show them what I had, excuse me immediately.
I got a call. It’s like we would like to help you. You know, push it out there who festivals I think people need to see this film and I felt very very blessed. And I told Kyle is like here we go. We’re going to festivals with this and it’s been it’s been really really great to get. Um, the feedback of the people are watching this.
I’ve had held a woman in my arms crying like for like 45 seconds just tearing and saying how. How special is when and how beautiful and how meaningful it is and on a filmmaking and business side. I mean you basically using your film as content marketing but not be preachy about it. No, that’s the best.
That is the best kind. Of um, that is the best kind of marketing you can do because it’s an emotional with the audience and you’re not being preachy or anything. Exactly and it’s really interesting how Coco has that theme, you know, then I have this Panacea. No, no, and I’m going what is going on.
So I think the universe is that you having in the right path Carlos for you guys. So we’re super excited would be here. I couldn’t ask anymore. Yeah, dude, I feel you. I feel you man. Now I want to ask you one last question. If you had uh, if you were to give one piece of advice to filmmakers just starting out in the business.
What would it be don’t give up. Keep going at it have your voice your important.
Honestly, it’s you know, if you have that in your mind you want to do it just. Just starts just go and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way because honestly starting is just probably the hardest part and just you know, keep going and learn from your mistakes and and the support is very important.
Exactly. We wouldn’t be here without support of Legacy app and friends and families. I mean, it’s it’s quite I do. So I’m here. We’re here to stay. We’re here to do more. Yeah and help as many people as you can wash man gift as much more you give the more you get without even wanting be of service and your service.
Thank you guys. Thank you so much for being on the show. Thank you much pleasure will keep will see you soon. Absolutely. Thanks guys. I told you this was a kind of emotional one without question. Uh, Carl just doing some amazing stuff and I definitely uh advise you guys to check out his short. And again, if you’ve not seen Coco, please do yourself a favor and watch an amazing story told so so beautifully it is probably one of Pixar’s best films.
If you’re interested in getting links to anything we talked about in this episode head over to the show notes at any films. I got a bunch more stuff coming guys. Thank you for your patience. You will get a new episode next week, but you’ve got a throw back tomorrow and hopefully in. I will go back to my regular scheduled programming of two new episodes a week.
Uh, but it is a bit nutty and you will understand why soon enough. So as always keep that house of going keep that dream alive, and I’ll talk to you soon. Thanks for listening to the indie film hustle podcast at indie film hustle.