A Visit with 'Coco' Co-Director Adrian Molina

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The Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of English at Arizona State University presents a visit with Adrian Molina, the co-director of Pixar's newest animated film "Coco." Molina will discuss his work on the film as well as his journey to filmmaking in general.


Adrian Molina began at Pixar Animation Studios as a story intern in the summer of 2006. Since joining the studio full-time that fall, Molina has worked on the Academy Award®-winning feature films "Ratatouille" and "Toy Story 3" and was a story artist for Disney Pixar's "Monsters University." Recently, Molina was tapped to serve as the co-director and writer on the studio's upcoming original film, "Coco," which opens Nov. 22, 2017.

As a story artist, Molina worked with a story team to sketch sequences in a film. This iterative process often involves working through alternative options until the best story is developed.

Raised in Grass Valley, California, Molina found inspiration in making home movies with his three siblings when he was growing up. He credits his parents for encouraging him to embrace his artistic and creative instincts and his high school literature program for teaching him how to be critical and aware of storytelling and structure.

Prior to Pixar, Molina attended the California Institute of the Arts and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in character animation. Molina resides in East Bay.

About the Movie

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Department of English
Kevin Sandler
Nov 14 2017 - 3:00pm
Education Lecture Hall, room 117
Tempe campus