A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Episode teaches about some elements of the Dia de los Muertos holiday.
Episode celebrates friendships, teamwork, and learning about cultural traditions.
Positive Role Models
Monsters are very friendly and work together towards a common goal. Episode features many ambiguously Latinx characters and shows some elements of Dia de Los Muertos, but don't specifically talk about it being a Mexican cultural tradition.
Violence & Scariness
Very mild scariness -- some mild adventure and cute monsters.
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Products & Purchases
This is part of the Super Monsters franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Monsters Día de los Monters is a special celebration of Day of the Dead. It has very mild scariness in the form of adventure and monsters, but overall it's a very cute and visually stunning depiction of the holiday. The show explains the holiday by emphasizing family and friends spending time together, and does not touch on themes of death or souls of the departed. Fans of the Super Monsters franchise will enjoy this fun, song-heavy special. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters special is an adorable celebration of the Day of the Dead. Kids will love the visually stunning scenery and new characters that emulate the colorful and vibrant holiday. Vida's friends are really fun new characters, and seeing Vida's joy over her new friends meeting her old friends is super sweet. Kids will also enjoy the musical montages throughout the episode, culminating in the monsters' special performance at the Día de los Muertos parade. The song in the big finale captures the meaning of the holiday when the characters sing "We honor all the monsters that came before, it's good to see you again."
While the episode does talk about some elements of the Día de los Muertos holiday, like how sugar skulls and marigolds are important, it mostly focuses on the monsters' preparation for their performance in the big parade. So, it misses an opportunity to help kids learn about the cultural traditions and meaning behind the holiday (though the series' other related special Vida's First Halloween already covered a lot of this territory). Also, there is a bit of Spanish dialogue. The on-screen subtitles are not helpful for pre-readers, and these words aren't really explained. Overall, this special is great, but it focuses more on fun and friendships rather than learning about Mexican culture.
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