One of the benefits of a slower Thanksgiving without travel is actually having time to go out and do things. Not necessarily overly fancy things but those things that you’ve been meaning to do. Like take your kids to the movies.
We went to see Coco, Pixar’s new animated film about Mexico and related Day of the Dead traditions. Oh and it’s also about family, and being respectful to those that came before you, while still making a bit of a time for pursuing a dream and taking care of others. I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time, and despite a few cultural missteps that Disney made prior to the release, this movie did not disappoint.
Visually, it’s tremendous. It’s unbelievable how far animation has come and this is one absolutely worth watching on the big screen. I intentionally added a few of the characters here to give you an idea, but not the stills because it’s just something that’s worth waiting for. When they reveal that scene of the crossover into the world of the dead, it really is breathtaking and it’s been awhile since I’ve been moved by a movie. Actually, it’s been awhile since I’ve been to the movies, if that tells you anything.
One thing to note about taking smaller children (mine are almost 7 and almost 3), is that for the youngest, it can be a little overwhelming. The movies come with previews, and then with a short feature about Olaf and Frozen, and then the actual movie so it’s a lot of visual stimulation for some on the younger set. There are some scenes that can be scary, especially in the more new fangled feature theaters. Our little one did great, but there were moments where he had enough and we had to go take a break. For my older one, the movie introduced a lot of questions that she had been mulling over anyway: what happens to us when we die? who will be there? what if people forget us? All valid questions, but you’re going to be want to be prepared as a parent for that conversation, and actually, the movie provides a helpful vehicle to give some visualization to an otherwise nebulous concept.
While I was surprised that Pixar didn’t release the movie here over Halloween weekend, given the Day of the Dead references (they did however, do so in Mexico), it turned out to have all the right themes for the gratitude we had for our Thanksgiving weekend.