If you’re on the hunt for the best Coco movie quotes on the web, then you’ve come to the right place! Covering everything from family to music, this bumper list of quotes will make you appreciate everything life has to offer.
Coco is one of my all-time favorite Pixar films, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried several times while watching it. And that’s because it’s simply a beautiful depiction of life, death, and the power of family.
Oh, and it’s also a stunning representation of the Latin community which Disney didn’t tackle until the release of Encanto in 2021!
If you’re looking to relive this wonderful movie from 2017, then you’ll want to check out this list of glorious Coco quotes.
Covering everything from emotional moments to hilarious sayings, these powerful words are bound to have you tearing up and laughing out loud. That’s the almighty power of Pixar!
Just make sure you have a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream on hand to help you get through the tears!
What is Coco (2017) About?
Coco tells the story of a Mexican family in the lead-up to Dios de la des Muertos (Day of the Dead).
The central character is called Miguel, and he’s a 12-year-old boy who’s deeply passionate about music.
He spends the first part of the movie idolizing a famous musician called Ernesto de la Cruz.
There’s only one problem – his family is deeply against music, which makes his love of the stuff slightly problematic.
When he finds out that Ernesto might be his great-great-grandfather, he steals de la Cruz’s guitar from his final resting place.
This sets off a curse that transports him to the Land of the Dead where he meets his deceased family.
I won’t give the entire thing away, but Miguel’s adventure reveals a lot of interesting things about true family loyalty and love.
And there are tons of great Coco movie quotes to discover along the way!
Where Can I Watch Coco?
If you don’t feel like grabbing a Blu-ray or DVD copy of the film, you can catch Coco on the Disney+ streaming service!
Coco Movie Quotes That You’ll Love
Best Coco Movie Quotes
1.“And so what if it’s true? You leave me alone with a child to raise, and I’m just supposed to forgive you?” – Imelda
2. [from trailer] “I have to sing. It’s not just *in* me… It *is* me.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
3. “He’s a living child, Ernesto.” – Hector
4. “He’s a THREAT!” – Ernesto de la Cruz
5. “I am the one who is willing to do what it takes to seize my moment, whatever it takes.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
6. “You don’t have to forgive him, but we shouldn’t forget him.” – Miguel
7. “I can’t forgive you. But I will help you.” – Imelda
8. “Remember me, though I have to say goodbye. Remember me, don’t let it make you cry. For even if I’m far away, I hold you in my heart. I sing a secret song to you each night we are apart” – Hector
9. “Remember me, though I have to travel far.” – Hector
10. “Remember me, each time you hear a sad guitar.” – Hector
11. “I’ve worked too hard, Hector. Too hard to let him destroy everything.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
12. “One cannot deny who one is meant to be.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
13. “Sometimes I look at Ernesto de La Cruz and I feel like we are connected.” – Miguel
14. “The feeling, so close, you can reach out and touch it. I never knew I could want something so much, but it’s true.” -Ernesto de la Cruz
15. “Success doesn’t come for free. You have to do whatever it takes to seize your moment.” – Ernesto De La Cruz
16. “You think I’d let him go back to the land of the living with your photo? To keep your memory alive? No.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
17. “One cannot deny who one is meant to be.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
Coco Quotes About Family
18. “Never forget how much your family loves you.” – Imelda
19. “We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.” – Miguel
20. “I’m proud we’re family!” -Miguel
21. “Tonight is about family.” – Abuelita
22. “I know your great-great-grandpa. I’ll get you to him.” – Hector
23. “I am not like the rest of my family. There’s something that makes me different.” – Miguel
24. “That is what families are supposed to do, support you. But you never will.” – Miguel
25. “Being a part of this family means you are here for this family.” – Abuelita
26. “It’s okay. You can weep with your family.” – Abuelita
27. “Hector should be on our ofrenda. He’s part of our family.” – Miguel
28. “Día de Muertos has begun! It’s the one night of the year our ancestors can come visit us.” – Abuelita
29. “I don’t want to be part of this family anymore!” – Miguel
30. “This isn’t a dream then. You’re all really out there.” – Miguel
Coco Quotes About Music
31. “To be here with you tonight brings me joy! Qué alegriá for this music is my language and the world es mi Familia.” – Miguel
32. “Great-great grandfather, none of them understand me. I’m supposed to play music!” – Miguel
33. “I have to sing, I have to play. The music, it’s not just in me, it is me. When life gets me down, I play my guitar. The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart. You know that feeling. Like there’s a song in the air and it’s playing just for you. I hope you like it.” – Ernesto
34. “Music’s the only way that makes me happy.” – Miguel
35. “Miguel, if we help you get his photo, you will return home? No more music?” – Imelda
36. “He will listen, he will listen to music.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
37. Never underestimate the power of music. No one was going to hand me my future, it was up to me to reach for my dream, grab it tight and make it come true. – Ernesto de la Cruz
38. “You, my boy, are meant to be a musician.” – Ernesto
39. “I know, I’m not supposed to love music. But my great-grandma Coco’s father was the greatest musician of all time, Ernesto de la Cruz. One day he left with his guitar and never returned, now my family thinks music is a curse.” – Miguel
40. “I loved it! I remember that my husband would play, and I loved to sing, and nothing else mattered.” –Imelda
41. “Only a song has the power to change a heart. Never underestimate the power of music.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
42. “You, my boy, are meant to be a musician.” – Ernesto de la Cruz
43. “Music tore her family apart. Shoes brought them together.” – Miguel
Funny Coco Quotes
44. “Never name a street dog. They will follow you forever. Now, go get my shoe.” – Abuelita
45. “You’re not a spirit guide. You’re just a dumb dog.” – Miguel
46. “I think it is one of those made-up things adults tell kids, like vitamins.” – Miguel
47. “It has been an honor. I hope you die real soon.” – Hector
48. Clerk: “I am terribly allergic.”
Miguel: “But Dante doesn’t have any hair.”
Clerk: “And I don’t have a nose, and yet, here we are.”
49. “Oh, it’s you. You’re going to get me into trouble, Dante. Someone could hear me! I wish someone wanted to hear me, other than you.” – Miguel
50. “I want nothing to do with you! Not in life, not in death! I spent decades protecting my family from your mistakes. He spends five minutes with you, and I have to fish him out of a sinkhole!” –Imelda
51. “I know your secrets, Mariachi.” – Abuelita
52. “A minute ago I thought I was related to a murderer! You’re a total upgrade!” – Miguel
53. “No music! No music!” – Abuelita
54. “I’m walking like a skeleton.” -Miguel
55. “Welcome to the Land of the Dead. Agents at the Department of Family Reunions are available to assist you. Please, on the lookout for a living boy.” – Arrival Agent
56. Ernesto de la Cruz: [to Mamá Imelda] Don’t I know you?
Imelda: [Smacks Ernesto with her shoe] That’s for murdering the love of my life!
Ernesto de la Cruz: [Confused] Who the…?
Héctor: She’s talking about me! I am the love of your life?
Imelda: I don’t know, I am still angry at you!
57. [explaining her new performance piece to Miguel] “Darkness – and from the darkness… a giant papaya! Dancers emerge from the papaya, and the dancers are all me! And they go to drink from the milk of their mother, who is a cactus, but who is also me! And her milk is not milk, but tears!” – Frida Kahlo
58. [stares at Miguel’s face] “I miss my nose…” – Tio Oscar
59. [after Ernesto is disgraced, and flung from the amphitheater, a guy returns from the concession stand] Guy in audience: [to his wife, excitedly] “What did I miss?”
60. “That devil box tells you nothing but lies.” – Imelda
Emotional Coco Movie Quotes
61. “He tried to go home to you and Coco. But de la Cruz murdered him!” – Miguel
62. “I’m running out of time. It’s Coco.” – Hector
63. “She’s forgetting you.” – Imelda
64. “A melody played on the strings of our souls and the rhythm that rattled us down to the bone. Our love for each other will live on forever in every beat of my proud corazón” – Miguel
65. “Say that I’m crazy or call me a fool but last night it seemed that I dreamed about you. When I opened my mouth what came out was a song and you knew every word and we all sang along.” – Miguel
66. “If there’s no one left in the living world to remember you, you disappear from this world. But you can change that!” -Hector
67. “No, it doesn’t work like that, chamaco. Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life in the stories they tell about us. But there’s no one left alive to pass down Cheech’s stories. Hey, it happens to everyone eventually.” – Hector
68. “I wasn’t in there because of Héctor. He was in there because of me. He was just trying to get me home! I didn’t want to listen, but he was right! Nothing is more important than family. I’m ready to accept your blessing. And your conditions. But first, I need to find de la Cruz. To get Héctor’s photo!” -Miguel
69. “But when we had Coco, there was something that mattered more than music. I wanted to put down roots. He wanted to play for the world. We each made a sacrifice to get what we wanted. Now, you must make a choice.” – Imelda
70. “I wanted to forget you. I wanted Coco to forget you, too.” – Imelda
71. “I think we’re the only family in México who hates music.” – Miguel
What is Coco’s main message?
The main message of Coco revolves around the importance of family and the fact that trauma and difficulties can be passed down between generations. But overall, it proves that love is eternal and will never be forgotten.
What does Coco say about death?
Coco is a beautiful movie as it lets us know that death isn’t scary – it’s simply the start of a new adventure that’s just as beautiful as life is.
What is the saddest part of Coco?
In my opinion, there are quite a few! But I’d say that Hector being forgotten, Miguel’s guitar being destroyed, and Coco’s moment with Miguel are all top contenders. Oh, and when Hector finally crosses the bridge!
What does Coco mean in Mexico?
The word “coco” is a colloquial word that refers to the human head in Spanish.
What does the dog represent in Coco?
Dante is said to be a Xolo or Xoloitzcuintli dog which is the national dog of Mexico!
What do marigolds symbolize in Coco?
Marigolds are said to guide the spirits of the dead over to the land of the living. The movie does a beautiful job symbolizing this with the marigold bridge.
Why does Hector limp in Coco?
Hector’s limp isn’t from a physical injury, but it’s meant to represent his fragmented history and broken spirit.
What is the famous saying of Ernesto de la Cruz?
“Seize your moment”, of course!
What illness is Coco suffering from?
Coco is suffering from dementia, which explains why she’s struggling to remember Hector or other members of her family.
What was forbidden in Coco?
Is Coco based on a true story?
Coco is not a true story – the entire idea was born from the wonderful minds of Pixar’s storytellers.
I hope that you enjoyed this bumper list of Coco movie quotes! Which Coco quote is your all-time favorite? I love the comedic ones, but perhaps you’re a fan of the sayings about family. Feel free to leave me a comment below discussing your top picks!
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