Coco Movie for Kids

Film Review - Coco teaches our kids and us to celebrate Life, Death and Family

Movie Review – Coco

Director: Lee Unkrich,

Co-director: Adrian Molina

Production company:  Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures

Writer: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich

KetchupMoms Rating: 5/5

Is it scary? 

There is no running away from the skeletons in the outstanding animated movie- Coco, because it is based on a Mexican tradition 'Dia de los Muertos' or 'The Day of the Dead'. But if the land of the dead, as depicted in this emotional saga is a truth, well then grant me the citizenship today. My almost 6 yrs old twins loved this movie and found the dismantling and dancing skeletons rather fun. Yes there are two scenes of a character being crushed under a giant bell, but its more like a Tom & Jerry accident. Nothing more. Nothing Less. So if you are kids don't jump at the mere sight of friendly skeletons, let them watch them tumble out of every scene of this Superhit flick. 

In fact this movie might give you the inroad to talking to your kids about the dead in the family.

Frankly if Coco is not the best Pixar movie, then it is pretty much out there.

Is it worth a watch?

Frankly if Coco is not the best Pixar movie, then it is pretty much out there. There is a beautiful celebratory vibe to Coco that keeps you warm during the thanksgiving time. The dilemma of a young boy in choosing between his dream and his family's expectation becomes a matter of Life and Death. Quite literally there. The picture-perfect animation, emotional but fun story-line and the well-defined characters make you wish the movie would never end. And the rich heritage of Mexican culture adds a soul to this must-watch movie. This is the best movie of 2017 for both, kids and adults

The Plot:

A 12 yr old boy, Miguel, in pursuit of his dream of being a musician, puts his family, in both the worlds- of  living and dead - in a jeopardy. Enroute he makes us, the viewers, fall in love with the beautiful Mexican tradition of honouring and remembering the dead.

On the Day of the dead, little Miguel discovers he is the great grandson of the long-dead & the biggest Mexican Musician ever. Sadly the Rivera family hates the family-deserter and music with a vengeance. But then a freak incident makes Miguel cross over the marigold bridge to the land of the long gone. In the colourful and mesmerising world of the dead, Miguel must find his musical grand dad to help him head home, without any conditions. 

Frankly if Coco is not the best Pixar movie, then it is pretty much out there.

Will he find his grand-dad and live up to his legacy. Or will his grand-dad and his legacy die a silent death? Will Miguel 'cease the moment', or will he unearth a truth that will mend broken hearts of both dead and alive.

I suggest you go watch this movie now, to find the answers and to experience an animated world that is more happy, colourful and fun than our real life.

What the kids learn from this movie:

1) “Music tore her family apart. Shoes brought them together.” –Miguel

Yes there will always be bad times, find a way to mend it and step into sunshine. In the movie Miguel's great great grandmother refuses to sulk over being deserted by her ambitious husband. She creates a family and a family fortune strong enough to keep them together and looked after.

2) “Being a part of this family means you are here for THIS family.” –Abuelita

You are not just born into a family. You live for your family members and you live to keep them together and happy. Family comes first. 

3) "Hector: If there’s no one left in the living world to remember you, you disappear from this world."

Hector is explaining the importance of celebrating and remembering our precious and dead family members during 'The day of the dead'. In the larger picture however it highlights the importance of making a difference to a life, when we are alive. That way we never really die, we are just passed on, as a memory.

Frankly if Coco is not the best Pixar movie, then it is pretty much out there.

4)  "Miguel: We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family."

We don't really have to agree on everything or walk out when things don't work. As a family we need to celebrate our differences and hold each other dearly. 


Watch it like now with your kids and friends and family. You will learn so much about family, traditions, legacy and just love. This movie might also be a great introduction to the warm and inclusive Mexican culture in a fun yet sensitive way, for your kids. The remembering of our long-gone relatives, cooking feasts for them and connecting with them, once a year, is special. Coco is the kind of movie that can leave a lasting impact on your child. and the most positive one at that.

More Movies from Pixar: 

Finding Nemo


The Good Dinosaur 

Best Enjoyed with:

A 20 minutes short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure, that is like a Christmas present for the kids from Disney. 

Comments (24)

Humaira Posted on Dec 17, 2017

Very interesting post. The movie seems to be amazing. Great review.


Deevyanka Posted on Dec 15, 2017

This looks like an interesting movie to watch. May be a Christmas eve movie with my daughter.


Kavita Singh Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Reading the review I have a hunch not only my toddler but we will love it too. My husband is crazy about animation movies. Will definitely watch it soon.


Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan Posted on Dec 10, 2017

This movie coco sounds very interesting. Will watch it with my son. It is a great way to introduce concept of death and life to children but in a light hearted manner.


Neha Sharma Posted on Dec 10, 2017

We are waiting for Christmas day to take our kid to watch this movie. It is definitely a great kid\'s movie, loved your detailed review.


Dr Dhanya Prajesh Posted on Dec 09, 2017

Loved d review. Looks a movie to son is too small to understand d movie but i am definitely watching it.


Neha Posted on Dec 09, 2017

The movie sounds fun! I was in two minds about Watching the movie with kids as it was about the dead and the skeletons and all, but your review is encouraging


Neha Posted on Dec 09, 2017

The movie sounds fun! I was in two minds about Watching the movie with kids as it was about the dead and the skeletons and all, but your review is encouraging


Gayathri Posted on Dec 09, 2017

This seems to be a very interesting movie! But i love your review better :D it is very detailed .. Makes me involved in the movie .. Throughout


Priyadashani Panda Posted on Dec 09, 2017

I loved the plot and sounds like an interesting and fun movie which will teach the young ones a lot ....


Anubhuti Seth Mehn Posted on Dec 09, 2017

I loved this movie..truly an inspiring one ..never thought that even animation would make me teary eyed..


Deepa Posted on Dec 09, 2017

We watched it today evening and just loved the movie. Disney movies are always fun to watch. Agree with all the points you mentioned. It was a movie with some important lessons for a family.


Geethica Mehra Posted on Dec 08, 2017

Nowadays, kids movies are not just cartoons but they have good lessons to learn. Very good review.


Tengkubutang A.k.a Tbhere Posted on Dec 08, 2017

perfect movie for kids also me.. thank you for this great review.. will check it out later about this movie


Snigdha Prusti Posted on Dec 07, 2017

I love such fun movies.. When something is portrayed through kid\'s prospective, it is definitely gonna best as well as fresh (story).. Love it..


Anchal Posted on Dec 07, 2017

I love most the movies from Pixar. Will definitely check this one out. Thanks for your review.


Deepika Verma Posted on Dec 07, 2017

This sounds so much fun, my little nephews is going to love it


Alexx Bloom Posted on Dec 07, 2017

Love the posters thou, cartoon movies are the best to enjoy


Amrita Posted on Dec 06, 2017

What an interesting plot.I love movies which look at situations from a kids perspective.They are always refreshing in their storyline.


Judy Posted on Dec 06, 2017

Coco movie looks interesting. For LO it might be a way to make him understand the concept of life and death.


Reetuparna Saha Posted on Dec 06, 2017

Such an awesome movie! I love animated movies and Coco is a perfect amalgamation of emotions n fun...


Nisha Malik Posted on Dec 05, 2017

Kids must take a taste of life be it anything. Above all, they are quite sensible and receive such things with proper understanding. The film looks a great piece for kids.


Shub B Posted on Dec 05, 2017

Such a great review about this Coco movie. This sounds interesting and perfect movie for me and my family, will check this out.


Shivali Singla Posted on Dec 05, 2017

The movie plot sounds fun and interesting for kids though. Thanks for sharing the review dear.


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