Should Christians see Coco? When I first saw trailers for this Disney Pixar film, I was hesitant. I knew little about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, also known as Dia De Muertos. Skeletons aren’t funny to me, and I didn’t see how I would enjoy a movie like this.
I was surprised when my six year old expressed interest. For a kid who is generally scared of a lot, he wasn’t the least bit frightened by the trailer. Turns out Coco was showing for free on our upcoming Disney Cruise Line vacation, so we decided to take the oldest kids.
Our oldest loved it! He thought the characters were funny, and he was able to grasp some of the bigger lessons that came out of the story. He’s been obsessed with guitars ever since we saw it. My four-year-old can’t tell me a thing about what he saw. He was definitely too young, but not in a scary kind of way. He just didn’t get what was going on.
I didn’t think Coco was scary or creepy at all, which was surprising. In fact, it was very heartwarming. I cried all the way back to my cruise cabin! It had beautiful animation and lovely music. My husband mentioned that he was happy to see a Disney movie with a young boy at the centre for a change.
Here’s a bit more about the story line:
Coco is the story of a young boy named Miguel. His biggest wish in life is to play music, but his family won’t allow him to even hold a guitar. A few generations back, an ancestor abandoned the family in favor of trying to become a famous singer. They were so hurt by this, that they have forever forbidden music.
Miguel runs away on the eve of Dia De Muertos, the one night a year when his ancestors are allowed to cross back over to the land of the living and see their family. But instead, Miguel finds himself transported to the land of the dead. There he meets his ancestors as well as a few other key characters that change the outcome of both his life and theirs.
So let’s talk about this. As a Christian, I don’t believe that our ancestors can come back to visit us. I don’t believe that putting up their pictures and burning candles holds any spiritual significance. You’ll need to view Coco as you would Moana, Hercules, Pocahontas, and any other film that depicts an alternative religious view and world history. If you aren’t comfortable with that, you won’t be comfortable with this one.
However, I do believe in teaching my kids about other cultures and beliefs. And I do believe in being the one who is there when my kids learn about things that they don’t understand. That’s one of the many reasons we homeschool. It’s important to my husband and I as parents that our children feel comfortable asking us anything. Even if it makes us uncomfortable.
I also believe in the importance of family, and I feel that is the most important lesson in Coco. What you have to decide is whether your kids are old enough to handle the information they’re being exposed to. Are you prepared to talk about big questions, like “Where do I go when I die” and “Can Grandma really come back and visit me?” If you aren’t, you may want to skip Coco for now.
But if you’re comfortable with such discussions and feel your children are at an age where they can handle it, Coco was a beautiful film. Are these good enough reasons to watch? That’s going to be your call, friends. This was mine.
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