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Disney Pixar Coco: Movie Sign

Disney Pixar Coco

November 22, 2017 Sarah Coggins
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Disney Pixar’s newest film, Coco, opened today in the US. I had the opportunity to view it during a screening on Monday night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Disney Pixar Coco: Movie Sign

Coco tells the story of Miguel, his family, and his dreams of being a musician. The latter is frowned upon in his family which leads him to pursue his interests in secret. When he finally shares his passion on Día de los Muertos, his family (especially his grandmother) are disappointed and forbid him from continuing. Determined to follow his dream, he runs away to enter into a talent show. In the process, he stumbles into the Land of the Dead where he meets and learns from his ancestors.

Parental Thoughts (spoiler alert)

My 8 year old son has been asking to see Coco and, since I wasn’t able to take him, I made sure to pay attention to see if it was appropriate for our entire family. As with previous Disney movies, there are darker scenes in the movie that could prove a bit scary for children.

The one direction I did not expect a Disney Pixar film to take was including a murder in the storyline. Depending upon your child’s age, prepare to discuss this afterward.

I do think the storyline of life, death, and remembrance is one well fitted to share with your kids. This movie helped illustrate how those we love continue to live on in our memories. I think the beautiful way it was shared in Coco will help us add to discussions with our son about his own losses.


Overall, I enjoyed the movie a lot and even had fun spotting a couple of Easter eggs. I literally laughed out loud when the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story drove past in one of the opening scenes. And, of course, the music was fabulous too. It will have you dancing in your seat.

Thanks again to Jessica at The B Keeps Us Honest for inviting me to join her for the screening!

Have you seen Coco or plan to? What are your thoughts?

Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary entry to the advanced screening, but no further compensation. A review or otherwise was not required or requested. All opinions stated within are my own.


  • Ali Gilbert November 24, 2017 at 11:43 pm
    Thanks for your honesty!!! I have a five year old and two year old...would they be okay to watch it?
    • Sarah Coggins November 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm
      If they enjoyed Moana, I think they would enjoy Coco as well. Similar "darkness" just in the Land of the Dead versus raging storms at sea. The murder is illustrated, but does not include weaponry and no blood or similar so it will most likely pass over the head of your 2 year old. And, one beauty of the storyline, since Miguel visits the dead, they are just as alive as the living in this movie.
  • Julie Sancken November 29, 2017 at 11:02 am
    I took the kids last night and they really enjoyed it. However, Kenley was a ball of tears when we got home! She said it was "too sad" and that she was so scared when Miguel ran away from home. We chatted about how he came back and she seemed to be better. Overall, we loved it!
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