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El Pasoans part of Disney Pixar’s box-office hit 'Coco'

El Pasoans, Lombardo Boyar and Octavio Solis, in Coco.

The blockbuster film "Coco" has been hailed by critics as one of the best animated movies of all time. It's a movie that honors and celebrates Mexican culture and traditions. Two former El Pasoans, who contributed to the authenticity of the film, are featured in it.

“Yeah, it’s amazing. It’s definitely one of the biggest films I’ve ever been a part of,” said Riverside graduate Lombardo Boyar.

Both men are incredibly proud of the work they did on "Coco."

“For it to be about the Mexican culture and Dia de los Muertos, you know, it just made it that must more special,” said Boyar.

Boyar voices the character of a mariachi, who is featured in a pivotal role early in the film. The so-called "chancla" scene.

“I hope no one is offended by the chancla. I got hit by the chancla. It’s just part of our life. Fear of the chancla,” said Boyar.

Boyar is a veteran actor living in Los Angeles.

Octavio Solis is a playwright who served as a cultural consultant to the movie.

“Often it was about adding more Spanish to it. The kind of Spanish that we use on this side of the border,” said Solis.

But he also voiced the part of the arrivals agent for the afterworld, and gave a jaw-dropping performance.

“My grandchildren when I’m gone are going to be watching 'Coco' and they’ll know that’s me. That’s my voice,” said Solis.

Solis lives in southern Oregon. Both men say their upbringing in the Borderland is what helped shape their careers, and also shaped their contributions to "Coco."

“More than that, my works are a direct reflection of my upbringing in El Paso. I evoke an El Paso of the mind," said Solis.

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