Disney Pixar’s Coco has been highly anticipated in our household. From the first trailer we saw, I was personally mesmerized by the visuals and imagery. My children were also hooked by the teasers and intrigued by the story-line that focuses on not just the Day of the Dead holiday, but as far as we could tell from the trailers, family. After seeing a complimentary advance screening of Coco, we were not disappointed and want to share our family-friendly Coco movie review with you! Read on to see what we thought and if Disney Pixar’s Coco is safe for young kids!
Coco Movie Review: Is Disney Pixar’s Coco Safe for Young Kids?
The plot of Disney’s latest animated film is fairly simple. A young boy (Miguel) is the unfortunate victim of a family curse (but is it really?) and longs to follow his own path. When he decides to take a leap of faith, he finds himself in the “Land of the Dead” and is reunited with his deceased relatives and ancestors. Miguel must now find his way back to the land of the living – with a little help from his deceased family!
Of course, true to Disney and Pixar’s nature, you’ll find lots of humorous and heartwarming moments in Coco. What truly spoke to me and I loved being able to share with my family is the fact that Coco features a Latino family and illustrates so many aspects of Latino culture (even though the film focuses on a Mexican family, specifically). How great is it to see a full-length animated film featuring a Latino family and its traditions – something my family can directly relate to? From hearing Spanish language terms of affection and culturally-relevant jokes to seeing the embodiment of what I grew up knowing to be the meaning of family on-screen, Coco truly spoke to my heart.
With a bit of a plot twist and some tear-jerking moments (bring tissues!), Coco is sure to captivate you and your family. If you’re worried that the topic of death or the visuals of skeletons will be too scary for young kids, I truly believe it’s nothing to be concerned about. The skeletons are truly of a comical and cartoonish nature. The topic of death is handled in a beautiful manner and the traditions surrounding the holiday of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is not only explained, but brought to life as only Disney and Pixar can visually portray.
Is Disney Pixar’s Coco safe for young kids? Yes, I believe so, but you know your children best, so be sure to give that some thought. Coco is a movie that I think all families will enjoy and a film that will provide some good lessons and spark some great conversations. Be sure to check it out in theaters starting this Wednesday, November 22nd, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend!
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Disclosure: We were provided a complimentary advance screening of Disney Pixar’s Coco in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.