Disney Star Declared a “National Treasure”

Animated characters from the movie "Coco," walk on a vibrant marigold bridge with a guitar and a dog; a colorful, illuminated town serves as the backdrop.
Credit: Disney

Recently, the very first winner of the Fox reality show American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, covered one of the most heart-wrenching Pixar songs to have ever existed, and she wowed fans.

Undoubtedly, the impact of Disney and Pixar’s animated masterpiece Coco resonated deeply with fans worldwide, transcending age groups and capturing the hearts of both young and old alike. Released in 2017, this cinematic gem not only captivated audiences with its visually stunning animation but also enchanted them with its rich storytelling and heartfelt themes.

Surpassing expectations, Coco soared to unprecedented success, grossing a remarkable $814 million globally, solidifying its place as the sixteenth-highest-grossing animated film in history upon its initial debut.

miguel from coco

Miguel from Coco / Credit: Disney

The poignant tale of Miguel’s journey through the Land of the Dead struck a chord with viewers, making it a beloved classic among Disney and Pixar enthusiasts and leaving an indelible mark on the realm of animated filmmaking.

The film—inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos—follows twelve-year-old Miguel, who gets accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead. He seeks out and finds his great-great-grandfather, who was a musician, to help him return to the land of the living.  

Actors Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos serve as the voices for the characters. Michael Giacchino composed the score, and the film was directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina, and produced by Darla K. Anderson. 

Coco characters outside Disneyland Paris castle

Coco characters outside Disneyland Paris castle / Edited by Disney Dining.

One of the most famous songs from the film was a ballad called “Remember Me.” In the film, the song was originally composed (SPOILER ALERT) by Héctor, Miguel’s great-great-grandfather, for his daughter Coco, who was a toddler at the time. The song was then stolen by musician Ernesto de la Cruz, who betrayed Héctor. 

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson recently covered the song on the “Kellyoke” segment of her show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the response she got was appropriate for the queen of song. 

You can listen to her cover below!

Fans were enthralled by her performance, and they showered her with praise and love. 

“Kelly Clarkson, a national treasure,” one person declared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Another commented, “Don’t make me start crying queen. that was absolutely beautiful. Xxx”

Another shared, “Beautiful!  With some violins and a timpani or two this cover would knock your socks off.”

What do you think of Clarkson’s cover of “Remember Me?” Let Disney Dining know in the comments! 

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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