Is 'Coco' Appropriate For Kids Under 5? Here's What Parents Need To Know

By
Share
Ad failed to load

Disney Pixar's latest offering, Coco, only hit theaters Wednesday but in Mexico, the film has already raked in $48 million at the box office, making it the country's highest-ever grossing film, according to Forbes. And there's good reason for it, too: the animated pic that celebrates Mexico's Día de los Muertos tradition has been lauded by critics, who have praised it for being a beautiful story of self-discovery, family, and culture that both adults and children will enjoy. But is Coco appropriate for kids under 5? Parents of youngsters might be eager to bring their little ones (my 4-year-olds are definitely looking forward to it), but there are a few things you may want to know before buying your tickets.

Coco has officially been rated PG in the United States, which means that some of the material might not be appropriate for all children. Specifically, what sets the film apart from G films — appropriate for any age group — are the movie's so-called "thematic elements," aka, aspects of the movie that might be objectionable, but don't fit into any predetermined categories, like violence or nudity.

Disney•Pixar on YouTube
Ad failed to load

In Coco, the parental guidance suggestion likely comes down to the film being so centered around the concept of death — main character Miguel literally ends up going on an adventure to the Land of the Dead, where he encounters his deceased relatives, who all look like semi-creepy skeletons. And there's also the added challenge that Miguel ultimately has to find a way home before sunrise, or else he will stay trapped in the Land of the Dead forever (ack). That could understandably feel unsettling to some young children, and Common Sense Media's review of the film noted that, like most Pixar films, there are also some heart-wrenching moments that might upset sensitive viewers (particularly if they've experienced the loss of loved one). Similarly, Screen Rant advises that parts of the film could be "a bit dark for very young children," but otherwise gives the film a glowing review, calling the release "a story full of heart and drama following characters that the audience can’t help but love like their own family."

Other reviews are similarly positive: Coco has a 95-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Variety has praised the film as being a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture — noting, importantly, that Coco is also Pixar's first film to feature non-white characters in prominent, non-sidekick, roles. The film also has an all-Latinx cast, according to Entertainment Weekly, and according to The New York Times, the predominantly English-speaking characters "slip in and out of untranslated Spanish," throughout the film, pushing back against the usual approach to foreign characters in American movies, who somehow speak entirely in English despite the fact that they are obviously in a country with an entirely different native tongue.

Ad failed to load

In other words, it sounds like Coco is set to join the lineup of Pixar home runs — a well-made film that both parents and kids can enjoy (which, let's be honest, is a big deal if you've ever paid actual money to sit in the theatre and watch something that only preschoolers could ever find even remotely interesting or funny). What's more is that it reflects a story about Mexican culture that doesn't rely on stereotypes, or a version of Mexican tradition told through the gaze of white Americans — and it also sounds like it might make you shed a tear or two (I am already packing tissues in my purse).

If your kids are under 5 though, it's worth bearing in mind that it could be a bit scary or heavy depending on the child, so use your own judgment. Otherwise though, Coco seems like a great choice for a holiday weekend family movie outing.

Ad failed to load

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

8 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say That, Yes, You Are Their Favorite

For a baby to show a preference for a specific person is not only normal, but an essential part of their development. Babies need to form strong attachments to their caregivers for their emotional, social, and physical wellbeing. Usually, but not alw…
By Kimmie Fink

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at Names.org recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills
)}