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Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Super Monsters celebrate Día de los Muertos in cute special.

Movie NR 2020 24 minutes
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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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