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2017 | 105 min | K-7 | adventure, animation, comedy, family, fantasy, horror, thriller

In the Disney-Pixar film Coco, music has been forbidden in Miguel’s family for many generations, but still the boy dreams of a career as a musician, inspired by his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. As a result of a mysterious chain of events, Miguel ends up in the colorful Land of the Dead, where he meets an irresistible crook named Hector. Together, they go on an amazing adventure to find out the true story of Miguel’s family. Directed by Lee Unkrich.

After watching the movie, you can also have discussions on the following questions:

  • Why was music forbidden in Miguel’s family? What thoughts does the prohibition of music evoke in you?
  • You and Music: What is your relationship with music like? Do you listen to music, and do you have favorite songs? How about your family’s relationship with music? Is music listened to in your home?
  • Compare Miguel’s life in Santa Cecilia to your own. What differences do you find? Do you discover any similarities between Finnish and Mexican culture?
  • Who was the movie’s villain? What was he like?
  • In the Land of the Dead, the spirit guides and assistants are alebrije creatures. Design and draw your own alebrije creature.

After watching the movie, you can also do the following activities:

  • The movie is based on the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. Search for information about this festival together.
  • The movie is produced by Disney. Can you recognize other Disney animated films? Create a list of Disney’s most famous animated movies. Organize a discussion and voting session to select the top three Disney animations.
  • Try making a karaoke music video with the movie’s music by using “instruments” found in your classroom (such as instruments or even trash cans). You can also create the music video using stop-motion animation with the alebrije character cards you’ve drawn.


“Coco” is most suitable for students in grades 1 to 6. The film tells the story of Miguel’s family, focusing on the Day of the Dead celebration. In this adventure movie, the influence of family and ancestors on an individual’s life choices is explored. The importance of close relationships and caring for others is at the heart of the film’s story. The main character, Miguel, sets an example of courage and following one’s dreams. It’s easy to relate to Miguel as you follow his adventure. At the same time, you can reflect on your own life’s dreams, choices, and goals, as well as your relationship with your family and relatives.

Pixar Animation Studios’ production offers a visually stunning adventure with humor, suspense, and emotionally resonant events that can captivate audiences of all ages. The world of “Coco” keeps everyone engaged. The movie is originally based on a story created by Lee Unkrich, who also participated in directing the film. “Coco” has been praised as a masterpiece in reviews and has received several significant awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature.

Author of the teaching material: Elina Vitkala / Mediametka

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About the movie


  • arts
  • ethics
  • finnish
  • geography
  • music


  • betrayal
  • courage
  • cultural heritage
  • dreams
  • educational materials
  • fairytales and myths
  • family circumstances
  • humoristic
  • imagination growth
  • informational
  • learning materials
  • music
  • roots
  • warmth

Educational levels

  • primary schools


  • adventure
  • animation
  • comedy
  • family
  • fantasy
  • horror
  • thriller


  • Halloween

Age limits

  • K-7


  • Oscar


  • Walt Disney