Earlier this month Disney held its annual D23 Expo. There were a lot of announcements were made and Disney fanatics went crazy for all of them. One big announcement that was made was that Disney/Pixar has begun development on a Dia de los Muertos themed movie. Last year Reel Fx and 20th Century Fox has some success with their Dia de los Muertos film, "Book of Life". Disney and Pixar are jumping onto the bandwagon.
So far all we know is that the story centers around a young boy named Miguel who finds himself in the world of the dead.
When I heard the news I had some mixed emotions. There is always some concern when a big corporation takes on a culturally sensitive issue. There was also the concern about people who did not grow up with the tradition and instead just "study" and "research" a topic that they will then distribute to the world. And let's face it, a Disney/Pixar movie will reach almost every corner of the world.
Later it was announced that political cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz, famous for his cartoon "La Cucaracha", has been hired as a cartoonist for the film.
3....2.....1.... And here comes the backlash.
Some people were pissed and called Lalo a sellout. See a few years ago Disney attempted to trademark the Day of the Dead holiday. Of course people were upset and Lalo was one of the most vocal.
This was not the first time, or the last time that Alcaraz would take a stand against the Disney Corporation. And now he is picking up his employee badge. So there are some people who feel that he has sold out for a paycheck.
I have a different opinion. I feel that with Lalo on the project we have someone on the inside. Alcaraz has very strong opinions and I firmly believe that if this project becomes offensive or stereotypical Lalo would not only walk away but be the first to boycott the project. As a community we should be proud of Alcaraz and have some faith that by hiring him to work on this film it's a step in the right direction and helps ensure that we get a beautiful film about our beautiful culture.