COCO Pixar’s film, about Día de los Muertos
COCO is an upcoming Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios film set to be released on November 22, 2017.
This Pixar’s animated film is centered on the holiday of Día de los Muertos, a 12 year-old boy named Miguel, and his journey to the Land of the Dead in search of his own heritage and history.
We shared with you a short film about Día de los Muertos last year. Do you remember? The film won Gold Medal at the 2013 Student Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Día de los Muertos festivity is celebrated by most Latin American countries, however it is most strongly associated with Mexico, where it is originated.
In Spain this day is better known as Dia de Difuntos. Halloween in Spain is a three-day celebration that kicks off on October 31st with Dia de las Brujas (Day of the Witches), continues with Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) on November 1st, and culminates with Dia de Difuntos on November 2nd.
Death is however an inevitable part of life and it is our responsibility to ensure our kids are aware of it and know it’s okay to discuss it.
If we allow children to talk to us about death, we can give them needed information, prepare them for a crisis, and help them when they are upset. We can encourage their communication by showing attention and respect for what they have to say. We can also make it easier for them to talk to us if we are open, honest, and at ease with our own feelings.
Probably COCO Pixar’s film can be a good opportunity to talk with our kids about death. Día de los muertos is a way to joyfully honor those loved ones who’ve passed away. Although the concept may sound macabre to some, we are sure the movie will does a beautiful job of making death colorful.
The best way to bring people in and have them empathize with others is through storytelling. If we can tell a good story with characters audiences can care about, I’d like to think that prejudices can fall aside and people can just experience the story and these characters for the human beings that they are.” Lee Unkrich
Donald Trump promised to erect boundaries between Mexico and the U.S. at the core of his campaign. “Pixar’s COCO is a ‘Love Letter to Mexico’ in the Age of Trump”. Vanity Fair
You can also take this opportunity to teach your kids about Mexican culture, history and folklore, and yes! food; Mexico is a country we love!
November 2017 is too far away!