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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • A painter is seen painting a person who is naked. However, the person is a skeleton and so there is no actual nudity aside from bare bones. Comedic.
  • A character changes a word in a song to make it appropriate for "children present", implying that the line was about how "her (knockers)...drag on the floor". Kids won't understand it, but adults will get the joke.
  • It is mentioned that a character's music caused people to fall in love with him

Violence & Gore

  • A grandma intentionally smashes a child's precious belonging.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol is present. One character drinks a shot.
  • It's revealed that a character died by being poisoned.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some tense chase scenes. A character falls from a great height.
  • A murder scene is played out and is sensitive to some viewers.
  • Pepita's roar can startle viewers.
  • Many skeletons lose limbs and their skulls and other body pieces throughout the second half of the movie. Eyeballs also fall through the head into the mouth of one skeleton.
  • This is easily Pixar's #1 saddest film. Extremely emotional moments, deaths, (not graphic) intense moments, etc. are all over the place.
  • Pretty sad for a kids movie.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • It is revealed that a family member was murdered by poisoning and we see him dying onscreen.
  • A giant bell falls on top of a Ernesto De La Cruz, two times.
  • Two skeletons in after-life are shown being forgotten by family members and it is represented as being very painful, like electric shocks. One skeleton "dies" this way and collapses into dust.
  • A child is pushed off a high ledge by an adult, and he falls for a long while until he is caught by a spirit animal.
  • A spirit animal chases and attacks an adult skeleton, and flies away with him in his talons. The creature throws the skeleton into a bell, which falls on him and crushes him.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A giant bell falls on De La Cruz and kills him twice. Hector is poisoned and is briefly shown dying on screen.
  • It's implied that an elderly character has passed away off screen, though nothing explicit is shown.
  • Imelda is shown to suffer from PTSD, due to the trauma inflicted by her abandonment caused by Hector, which heavily affects her and leads her to decide that music is meaningless and decides to ban it. To prove this point, she's shown having fits of rage and a few panic attacks when someone shows her a musical instrument. The depiction is slightly realistic, and might be a bit distressing for some.
  • After trying to steal Ernesto's guitar from a tomb, Miguel becomes invisible to his family members around him, and he is running and scared as he passes through them.
  • Abuelita intentionally smashes Miguel's guitar in a heated argument. It's very upsetting to watch, followed by a crestfallen Miguel shouting "I DON'T WANNA BE IN THIS FAMILY!!!!", and dashing off.
  • Hector is shown to abandon his wife, Imelda, and little Coco.
  • A boy is kicked over the edge of a high ledge and falls for a long time before being caught by a spirit creature.
  • A male skeleton whips a female skeleton around in a violent dance on stage in front of an audience as he tries to take a photo away from her hand.
  • While in the spirit realm, Miguel's hands and stomach area start to dematerialize and his bones become visible as the night goes on and morning approaches.
  • The scene where Miguel is being scolded by his family may be upsetting to some, and may hit close to home.
  • At the end mama Coco dies but she is a skeleton
  • The character Héctor's backstory may upset some, and when he is being forgotten and is shown to become weaker and weaker, this might upset viewers too, as most viewers may grow to like him.
  • Ernesto De La Cruz is a very insane psychopath and his actions are very rude, unpleasant, atrocious, and creepy. He was nice as a performer, but he is seen on the intercom scolding Miguel and tossing him overboard.

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