A young boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) has a guitar and practices hard, desperate for a music career. He is stymied though because his family hates music, so he consults with his departed ancestors in the Land of the Dead. Also with the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Alanna Ubac. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [1:49]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A film scene shows a singing man winking at woman and bumping hips with her. In a TV scene, a man kisses a woman briefly.
► A skeleton woman says that a skeleton man was the love of her life.
► A woman is featured with a large belly under her long skirt; we later see a baby in the arms of her son and he says she is his sister.
► A female skeleton wears a floor length sparkly gown that has an hourglass figure. A dozen female skeletons wear leotards to dance, and later wear bikinis in a swimming pool. A female skeleton wears no clothing as she poses for a painting. A male skeleton wears a female wig, blouse and long skirt.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Many deceased human characters are portrayed as talking skeletons wearing clothing and sometimes they glow all over and their bones often clank together. Several skeletons fall to pieces and put themselves back together. A few skeletons remove their heads and replace them. Animals are multicolored with dots of neon red, green, and yellow, including a giant jaguar with huge wings and breath of blue fire, a screeching fire-breathing monkey, a bunny with a frog's croak, a porcupine, a neon dog that sprouts wings, and a few long dragons with wings and fiery breath.
► A man dies when he is crushed by a bell in a live concert; in the Land of the Dead, his skeleton entity is destroyed in the same manner (we do not see the body in either scene). Two dead men argue and in a flashback in the living world, we see that one of the men poisoned the other man with a glass of whiskey; the victim doubles up in pain on a street and collapses, dead, and when we see the men as skeletons again, one says, "You poisoned me!"
► A male skeleton lies in a hammock filled with trash and junk as he moans that he is weak because no one alive remembers him and he glows and changes to golden mist that blows away; another male skeleton says that he has gone to the final death and no one knows where that is.
► A TV screen switches on for a huge crowd in an arena to hear that a film star was a murderer in life causing the crowd to boo and a giant winged jaguar chases the man, grabs him, tosses him around and bats him out of the arena with its tail and into a bell tower, where a huge bell falls to cover him.
► A boy sneaks into a large party in a palace, where we see a fire eater skeleton change flames into butterflies and a musical performance is backed up by a large TV screen showing tall flames; the boy falls into a swimming pool and a male skeleton saves him.
► A preteen boy breaks into a mausoleum through a window, breaking the glass, and he steals a guitar on display; he becomes a ghost unable to be seen or heard by the living (except for a dog) and people walk right through him several times; the boy meets his deceased relatives (all skeletons) in a cemetery and they take him to the Land of the Dead, where skeleton beings gasp to see a living boy.
► A male skeleton throws a boy off a balcony and into a pit with a pond at the bottom; the boy climbs onto a large rock, unhurt, but crying. Two male skeletons beat up four security guard skeletons that collapse. A female skeleton stomps on a male skeleton's foot and rushes away, but he grabs her and throws her to the floor and then throws a boy to the floor. A sign on a dead man's mausoleum reads, "Forget you!"
► A woman throws a guitar and a record player into the street. A woman shouts at a preteen boy and later, she smashes and destroys a guitar causing the boy to scream and shout. A woman hits a man and a dog with a shoe; the man falls and rushes away, and the dog runs off-screen. A skeleton woman hits a skeleton man in the head twice with a boot. An elderly woman slams a window, throws open a door loudly, and shouts at three mariachis, "No music!" A skeleton and a boy argue several times. A skeleton woman argues with a bureaucrat and the desk computer blows up with a muffled bang and a little smoke. A boy argues with his deceased relatives and runs away, but the great-great grandmother chases him on a giant winged jaguar that roars and on the ground, it snarls and illuminates the child's footsteps with fire. A male skeleton is seen in the shadows and collapses, glowing and saying that he will soon disappear because the living are forgetting him; he collapses in a few more scenes. A female skeleton shouts at a male skeleton, who cowers.
► A jaguar roars into the camera three times and at people a few other times.
► A female skeleton sends a preteen boy back to the living world by giving him a glowing magic marigold petal and her blessing on his life. A boy plays a guitar for both his living and glowing, deceased family members (skeletons) at a party. A winged jaguar becomes a house cat and a neon frog becomes a dog.
► A limping skeleton paints a living boy's face as a skull, so he can walk freely in the Land of the Dead where the boy's fingers and hands eventually turn to bones, as does his torso. A skeleton and a boy spit out flower petals that get into their mouths. A skeleton's eyeballs momentarily drop into his mouth.
► A grandmother is shown to be very old and wrinkled as she sits in a wheelchair; we later see her photo on a family altar, indicating that she has died. A family altar is filled with photos of deceased relatives and a young boy breaks one of the photos when he knocks it off the altar (the glass breaking to pieces on the floor as we hear the glass breaking). An altar to a film star is filled with his photos and lighted candles around a VHS machine that plays his old movies. Several mentions are made of receiving a blessing from one's deceased relatives; we also hear that the dead disappear forever if their photos are not on a family altar.
► A bureaucrat says that there are no restrooms in the Land of the Dead.
PROFANITY 1 - Name-calling (crazy, loco, stupid, dumb, devil-box, chorizo, rat, coward, monkey, selfish boneheaded jerks), exclamations (heck, shoot, shame on you). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - Three female skeletons and two male skeletons hold short glasses of whiskey and one of the males drinks his (he drinks a toast and sets the glass upside down on a table), two bottles of wine are shown on a grave, many champagne glasses are seen on tables in a club and they hold a red liquid (no one drinks), two men each drink a short glass of whiskey in an office, two men on TV drink short glasses of whiskey (one man spits it out and yells that it is poison).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams of success, having a calling, faith, lies, plagiarism, murder, music careers, family, children, love, emotional support, family curses, memories, anger, grudges, forgiveness, reconciliation, determination, the Day of the Dead, altars to the dead, spirit guides, an afterlife.
MESSAGE - Family members should support one another in career choices, but family is most important overall.