I received an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco for the coverage of this press event for Disney•Pixar. However, all opinions are my own.
As the date for Disney•Pixar’s movie COCO to be released in theaters gets closer I wanted to share with you a few things I learned about one of the film’s most endearing characters: Dante.
10 Interesting Facts About Dante
Dante is Miguel’s friend and sidekick in the film COCO and his partner and guide as he journeys to the Land of the Dead. Although this goofy dog may seem to be in the movie just for the laughs with his hanging tongue and crazy antics he brings with him a lot of symbolism and meaning. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Dante:
- Dante was inspired by the Xoloitzcuintle breed (or “Xolo”), which is also the Mexico’s national dog.
- The Xolo is featured in legends of the Aztec afterlife where Xolos act as spirit guides to the dead as they make their journey to the underworld. So, it just makes sense that Dante would be the one to accompany Miguel as he embarks on his adventure in the Land of the Dead.
- Xolo dogs are named after the Aztec God Xolotl who was associated with lightning and death.
- Dante is a member of one of the most ancient breeds of dogs, believed to be over 3,500 years old.
- Xolos are believed to safeguard the home from evil powers and intruders and the breed makes a good watchdog.
- A lot of people believe that Xolos have healing powers. The heat from their bodies is commonly used to soothe arthritis and other ailments. They’re basically big, snuggly hot water bottles.
- This ancient breed is prone to losing their teeth, which causes their tongues to hang out of the sides of their mouths and this is where Dante gets his tongue lolling adorable look!
- Dante is a hairless dog, this doesn’t mean that he has absolutely no hair. The artists at Pixar gave him wiry tufts of hair on his head and tail which add to his character.
- When bringing him to life, the animation team’s greatest challenge was the fact that he had no hair so his expressions and his movements had to be designed taking into account the way his skin moves and folds.
- Dante was inspired by other Disney and Pixar dogs including the dog in Up! and Lady and the Tramp.
There is no doubt that you will all fall in love with Dante, Miguel’s faithful canine companion. He’s the perfect sidekick to guide you on a journey to the Land of The Dead and he’s also hilarious and adorable! You can get to know him better by watching him star in his own Pixar short film: Dante’s Lunch.
I do believe that Dante’s best look is when he’s wearing that luchador mask and cape! So funny!
You can check out this video that Disney posted on their Facebook page and see a real Xolo dog and his adventure at Pixar Studios!
Disney•Pixar’s COCO In Theaters on November 22nd
Coco hits theaters in the US on November 22nd, a few weeks after El Dia de Los Muertos. Be sure to check out the latest trailer below and you’ll see why we can’t wait to see this movie!
You can read more about Disney•Pixar’s COCO by visiting the Disney Movie website HERE. And be sure to follow the hashtag #PixarCOCOEvent on Twitter as I and a wonderful group of fellow bloggers share all about COCO.