Five for Families: ‘Coco’ and 4 other films that celebrate Latin America, family

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The new Pixar film “Coco” showcases the importance of ancestors.

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News arts and entertainment department.

Rich in history and culture, Latin America is a land of opportunity where a peasant and an emperor become funny friends, a young musician meets his ancestors and a masked luchador fulfills his dream. Walk the streets of gold with these family-friendly tales.

In theaters: “Coco”

Celebrate the Mexican culture with this new Pixar film that showcases the importance of ancestors. Miguel, an aspiring young musician whose family has prohibited music, is intent on proving his talent. After a string of events lands him in the Land of the Dead on Dia de los Muertos, Miguel meets a trickster who helps him uncover the mystery of his family’s ban on music. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its “Dove Approved” seal for all ages and called the film gorgeous, with a “breathtaking, imaginative universe” that includes messages about “selfless love, commitment and true motivation to honor … family even while enduring injustice.” Deseret News reviewer Josh Terry gave the animated movie three stars out of four, and Rotten Tomatoes awarded the PG-rated film a 96 percent “fresh” rating.

iTunes: “Rio”

A domesticated male macaw living in Minnesota travels to Rio de Janeiro to meet a female bird of his kind. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its “Dove Approved” seal for all ages and said the film “brings together a menagerie of vivid characters, a heart-warming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance.” Common Sense Media gave the movie four stars out of five and recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

iTunes: “The Emperor’s New Groove”

This “hilarious animated romp through the Peruvian jungle” is “set in a mythical mountain kingdom of the Peruvian Andes,” according to The buddy movie follows a young arrogant emperor, Kuzco, who is transformed into a llama and must rely on a…

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