Is Pixar’s Coco Going To Scare My Kids?
When you see the promotional poster for Pixar’s Coco you see that there are 3 skeletons featured on the poster. And while the Land of the Dead is a huge theme in the movie it is not creepy, spooky or in any way gross. This is not a zombie movie and this is not a movie that is meant to be a thriller for kids. There is not one drop of blood or guts in the film.
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This is a film about family, traditions and following your passion.
The theme of multi generational families is prevalent in the film. Families who grew up with many aunts, uncles, cousins, grand and great grandparents in their lives will appreciate seeing this dynamic on screen. Also families who have ‘skeletons in their closets’ (see what I did there?) will see a story line played out.
Follow Your Passion
Miguel is a little boy who has a passion for music but his family forbids music. He believes he is destined to be a talented musician and sets out to prove his talent and change the mind of his family. If you have ever had to go opposite of what your family wanted for you, you will be cheering for Miguel as he makes his journey.
The Mexican culture is rich in family and traditions. I am not from a Mexican family but I could see cultural references and attention to details with the characters that were culturally relevant. Watch for the grandmother (Abuela) and her slipper (la chancleta). From my time with the Latina bloggers a grandmother with a slipper is a fearful thing! Grown men still wince at the memory.
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The main tradition that I did not fully appreciate until I watched Coco was celebrating the Day of The Dead (Día de Muertos). I was taught it was about worshiping ancestors. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It is about remembering ancestors and allowing their memory to live on through your remembrances. By remembering them, their spirits are allowed to cross the marigold bridge and visit with their families for one day a year. There is a big party in the Land of the Living and the family is reunited in its entirety for a day. Stories are told about those who have crossed to the Land of the Dead and happy memories are relived.
If a child has had a grandparent recently pass away this might be a bit of a comfort to them. They should understand that the grandparent won’t be back in the flesh but more in the spirit. A way of connecting with them, knowing that death is not the end but more of a transition from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead.
There are skeletons in the film and they are some of the main characters. They are very fun, full of personality and life. They wear clothes, accessories and move as live people move. During one portion of the movie Miguel starts to transition to skeleton but it is not sudden or shockingly done but more of a fade. The filmmakers did not want the skeletons to be scary and they did a great job of achieving their goal.
In storytelling not everything is sunshine and roses. There usually is a dark side to the story. There is a twist to the Coco story. But just like the peril in Bambi, Toy Story 3, Cinderella, Snow White or any other Disney storytelling, it is part of the story but not the focus of the story. This is the family skeleton in the closet. We all have them.
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My Marigold Carpet Experience
Yes, instead of the traditional red carpet the carpet was marigold in color.Marigolds play a key role in the film. I would say to pay attention for them but they are EVERYWHERE so they won’t be hard to miss.
Getting a solo photo in front of the entrance is HARD. Only the celebrities were able to get it done. But I am NOT complaining. I was thankful for every moment I was there.
Check out all those petals!!!
Even under your feet! These were tissue petals but when you FIRST stepped on the carpet there were real flowers to walk through. I know they were real because you could smell the fragrance when you waled over them. Also they were so fresh I almost slipped on them but somehow caught myself, not making a scene.
Did you see all the amazing performers they had at the premiere?!?!
As you make your way down the marigold carpet there are many photo opportunities with the logo and character images. It is always good to have a photo buddy or in my case, a photo trio. Here is Kate of Highlights Along The Way snapping our other photo friend Amy of As The Bunny Hops.
It is important to have good photo friends because how often does a normal person like me get to walk the carpet at a movie premiere? Yes, this has been my third time BUT it could be the LAST time so you have to DOCUMENT the occasion.
I think they did a pretty good job.
We decided that WHRER you stood in relation to the movie logo was VERY important. Don’t block any letters or it might not look as spectacular as it could be.
Once inside the tented carpet, we were treated to amazing food! All Mexican inspired and all delicious. I will say it is kind of hard to eat a tamale with one hand while trying to hold the plate with the other.
Not pictured are the AMAZING filled churros. I don’t know how they did it but I am glad they did. They were delicious.
Also not pictured was the most delicious hand shaken margarita I had ever had.
Official Coco Guitar
YES! There is an official Coco guitar and it is beautiful! You can hear a bit about it in the video near the top of the post. The man with the guitar is Federico Ramos and he plays it so beautifully.
I will tell you I am not the best at spotting stars but this was one group that I wasn’t going to miss out on. I was about to go into the theater and caught a photoshoot out of the corner of my eye. I paused for a moment and check out who was posing.
Songwriter Elyssa Samsel, Actor Jonathan Groff, Songwriter Kate Anderson, Actor Idina Menzel, Producer Roy Conli, and Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters of “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”.
Idina Menzeland Jonathan Groff posed for a photo. Getty might have captured this image BUT I captured it from the side:
Wouldn’t you love to know what they were chatting about?
As we entered the theater phones were put in locked pouches so nothing could be recorded. I am thankful for Getty for being there to capture this image of the Mariachi Divas. You can catch a piece of there performance in the clip at the top of this post. They were amazing!!! A little entertainment before the feature started to get us MORE in the Coco mood.
The movie was over and no one moved. No one moves because so many of the people who MADE the film are in the theater and they want to see their names on the big screen. I don’t blame them one bit. I would want to do the same.
My daughter wants to be an animator and I kept thinking I might be at a premier one day and see her name scroll by.
That would be totally full circle.
STAY TO THE END. Also I dare you not to cry…. again.
Another thing that blew my mind was about 80% of the Marigold carpet was disassembled and packed up by the time we were out of the film. Tent down, lights off, vendors gone, tables gone, food gone. All that work that probably took 2 days to put up came down in 2 hours.
Have you seen the stars walk down a big staircase at the Oscars? Well, here it is. All 25 of us on the stair after the Coco premier. It was a magical end to a magical night.