Mama Coco, a Disney Pixar animated film, is reported to have been inspired by a Mexican woman who died at the age of 109.
Mara Salud Ramrez Caballero, a resident of Mexico who is thought to have served as the model for the grandmother figure in the animated film Coco, was buried in Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoacán, on October 16.
Roberto Monroy, Michoacán’s secretary of tourism, announced her loss on Twitter without disclosing the cause of death, honouring her as a “tireless woman and life model.”
He said in a tweet that was translated from Spanish, “I sincerely grieve the passing of Doa Mara Salud Ramrez Caballero, ‘Mamá Coco,’ a relentless woman and example of life, who was the inspiration for this beloved character who journeyed across the world.
According to TMZ, Disney/Pixar has never explicitly stated if Caballero served as the model for the movie’s Caballero character. However, the filming team went to her town, spent time with her family, and took a lot of pictures of her. She was known as “Mama Coco” in her birthplace, where she worked as a clay artist, in honour of the film character.
Lamento profundamente el fallecimiento de Doña María Salud Ramírez Caballero, “Mamá Coco”, mujer incansable y ejemplo de vida, quien fuera inspiración para este amado personaje que dio la vuelta al mundo. Mis oraciones para su descanso y para que su familia encuentre resignación
— ROBERTO MONROY G (@robertomonroy1) October 16, 2022
The Daily Mail reported that her family had been trying to get her acknowledged as the model for Mama Coco ever since the movie’s debut, but they had been unsuccessful.
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In the 2017 animated movie based on Day of the Dead customs in Mexico, Ana Ofelia Murgua provided the voice for the role. The plot centres on Miguel, a 12-year-old child who asks the assistance of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to rejoin his surviving family and lift their musical prohibition.
After she passed away, residents and followers from all over the world sent prayers to the adored woman. Caballero leaves behind three children, a sizable number of grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren.
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