2010s

Know the Voice Cast: ‘Coco’

Coco Voice Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Pixar-Disney Movie

The Coco voice cast features Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt. This info article contains minor spoilers for Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s 2017 Disney-Pixar movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Coco follows a 12-year-old musician named Miguel. During a Día de los Muertos celebration, he steals the guitar of a famous singer and becomes cursed. Miguel arrives in the Land of the Dead and must receive the blessing of a family member before he can return. The boy learns about his past while discovering crucial information about the childhood of his great-grandmother. Here’s every main performer and character in Coco.

Coco Voice Cast: Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel

Coco Voice Cast - Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel

Character Profile: A 12-year-old musician. After learning about his famous ancestor Ernesto de la Cruz, he dreams of performing at Mariachi Plaza. Miguel steals a guitar and gets cursed; he arrives in the Land of the Dead and tries to make sense of his existence and unresolved familial issues.

Gonzalez’s Resume: Oscar in Icebox (2018), Simon Barros in The Last Ship (2018), Santiago in Shameless (2019), Carlos in Phobias (2021), Geco in Blue Miracle (2021)

Coco Voice Cast: Gael García Bernal as Héctor

Coco Voice Cast - Gael García Bernal as Héctor

Character Profile: A musician in the Land of the Dead. He wants to cross over into the Land of the Living and worries about being forgotten. Héctor’s backstory links to Miguel’s great-grandmother, Mamá Coco.

Bernal’s Resume: Octavio in Amores Perros (2000), Julio Zapata in Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in The Motorcyle Diaries (2004), Rodrigo De Souza in Mozart in the Jungle (2014-18), Jaguar Brothers in Maya and the Three (2021)

Coco Voice Cast: Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto de la Cruz

Coco Voice Cast - Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto de la Cruz

Character Profile: A beloved Mexican singer. He hosts the annual Sunrise Spectacular in the Land of the Dead. Ernesto befriends Héctor upon learning that they are presumably relatives — the final act reveals a twist about his rise to fame.

Bratt’s Resume: Detective Rey Curtis in Law & Order (1995-2009), Eric Matthews in Miss Congeniality (2000), Juan Obregón in Traffic (2000), Dr. Jake Reilly in Private Practice (2011-13), Jahil Rivera in Star (2016-18)

Coco Voice Cast: Alanna Ubach as Mamá Imelda

Coco Voice Cast - Alanna Ubach as Mamá Imelda

Character Profile: Miguel’s great-great-grandmother in the Land of the dead. She hates music and can’t travel to the Land of the Living because her picture fell from an ofrenda. Miguel helps Mamá Imelda find peace and happiness upon revealing an important fact about Héctor.

Ubach’s Resume: Mesquite in Freeway (1996), Serena in Legally Blonde (2001), Naomi in Waiting… (2005), Suze in Euphoria (2019), Tessa in Guilty Party (2021)

Coco Voice Cast: Renée Victor as Abuelita

Coco Voice Cast - Renée Victor as Abuelita

Character Profile: Miguel’s grandmother. She despises music. Abuelita changes her tune when Mamá Coco opens up about her childhood.

Victor’s Resume: Florina Lopez in ER (2004), Lupita in Weeds (2005-12), Bag Lady in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Irma Arista in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014), Mama Grandé in Snowpiercer (2020-)

Coco Voice Cast: Jaime Camil as Papá

Coco Voice Cast - Jaime Camil as Papá

Character Profile: Miguel’s father. He wants his boy to make shoes in a workshop. Papá gets angry about Miguel’s interest in Ernesto de la Cruz’s music.

Camil’s Resume: Eufemio Zapata in Zapata – El sueño del héroe (2004), Juan in Looking for Maria Sanchez (2013), Rogelio De La Vega in Jane the Virgin (2014-19), Julio in Elena of Avalor (2016-20), Doc Lopez in Schmigadoon! (2021)

Coco Voice Cast: Alfonso Arau as Papá Julio

Coco Voice Cast - Alfonso Arau as Papá Julio

Character Profile: Miguel’s great-grandfather and Coco’s husband. He shows up in the Land of the Dead to welcome his young relative.

Arau’s Resume: Director of Like Water for Chocolate (1992) and A Walk in the Clouds (1995) — Also, Juan in Romancing the Stone (1984), El Guapo in Three Amigos! (1986), Jorge Cruz in Miami Vice (1987)

Coco Voice Cast: Herbert Sigüenza as Tíos Oscar and Felipe

Coco Voice Cast - Herbert Sigüenza as Tíos Oscar and Felipe

Character Profile: Miguel’s great-great twin uncles. They died at the same time and finish each other’s sentences. Oscar and Felipe briefly appear in the Land of the Dead when Miguel arrives.

Sigüenza’s Resume: Carlos Hernandez-Leibowitz in Mission Hill (1999-2002), Chuly in Encino Man (1992), Raul in Larry Crowne (2011), Geo in Gentefied (2020), Esteban in 7th & Union (2021)

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The Coco voice cast also includes Gabriel Iglesias (Mr. Iglesias, Space Jam: A New Legacy), Lombardo Boyar (Happy Feet, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ana Ofelia Murguía (Life Sentence, Mi querido Tom Mix), Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Destroyer), Selene Luna (My Bloody Valentine, Ave 43) and Edward James Olmos (Selena, Battlestar Galactica).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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