MEXICO CITY – The voice of Luis Angel Gomez has been able, over the past two weeks, to deeply move and make laugh out loud millions of moviegoers – it was he who dubbed the voice of the leading character of “Coco,” the new Disney Pixar animated cartoon, with which this 13-year-old encourages people to see the positive side of Mexico, not just the bad.
A native of San Francisco del Rincon, a village in Guanajuato state, Luis Angel was cast in the role thanks largely to the fame he won on the program “La Voz Kids.”
The experience was special not only because it was his debut in the world of dubbing, but also because it’s the first “Mexican” Pixar film, he told EFE in an interview.
“The truth is I enjoyed it a lot. The producers were really nice, super friendly, and thanks to their patience everything came out perfect,” he said.
In “Coco,” Luis Angel is the voice of Miguel, a Mexican kid who dreams of being a great singer like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, and who becomes magically trapped in the world of the dead.
The Guanajuato native hopes the film, which has Day of the Dead festivities as its backdrop, allows moviegoers from other countries “to learn more about our traditions and get interested in Mexico.”
He particularly wants to achieve that, he said, “so people don’t go around saying ‘Mexico’s not worth it, there’s so much crime.’ Mexico is more than that; people have to see its positive side.”
He also believes that “Coco” within his country will help make sure “the traditions aren’t lost,” which he himself is helping to preserve. This year on the Day of the Dead, he said, his family dedicated an altar in their home to his great-grandmother.
Of the songs he recorded for the animated cartoon, “Un Poco Loco” is his favorite because it’s “very funny,” and among all the scenes, his favorite is the arrival of Miguel to the world of the dead at the end of the film, though he acknowledged that “he loves the whole movie.”
Notable among Luis Angel’s fellow dubbers were actor Gael Garcia Bernal (who also took part in the English-language version of the film) and singer Marco Antonio Solis “El Buki”
Though they were never in the studio at the same time during the recording sessions, the youth said that when he got the chance to meet them, both congratulated him.