The Pixar film Coco, which features the spirits of dead family members, got past China’s censors with 0 cuts. In China, superstition is taboo due to the belief spiritual forces could undermine people’s faith in the communist party. The censors were so moved by the film, they gave it a full pass.

‘Coco’ Wins Over Chinese Hearts — and Wallets

Musical animation “Coco” is tugging at the heartstrings of Chinese audiences, and has smashed Pixar’s China box office record.

Although featuring relatively unfamiliar Mexican culture and Spanish-English dialogue, the film has moved viewers with its affecting take on family, dreams, life and death — including some themes that movie reviewers said mirrored ancient Chinese philosophy.

Box office receipts for “Coco” have hit 900 million yuan ($136 million) on the Chinese mainland in its three-week run, according to domestic box office tracker Maoyan. This beats the 254 million yuan brought in by 2016’s “Finding Dory,” which at the time was the Pixar film that had performed best in China.

The story revolves around the Mexican Day of… Continue Reading