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Un Disfraz para Nicolas (A Costume for Nicolas)

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated movie about imaginative boy with Down syndrome.

Movie NR 2020 80 minutes
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This is a wonderful movie about the power of love and imagination, and how a young boy with Down syndrome is defined by both. Un Disfraz para Nicolas (A Costume for Nicolas) is a Mexican animated movie that effectively addresses some serious topics that many kids contend with, such as bullying, the loss of a parent, and changing family situations, and it does so without either sugarcoating these issues or going too far in the opposite direction and upsetting kids. The costume metaphor works perfectly here, as Nicolas's grandfather Tomas beautifully explains to him (and us) what truly makes Nicolas such a one-of-a-kind child.

In Nicolas's imaginary world inside his costume chest, there are some moments of potty humor, but the silliness works in terms of keeping the movie relatively light and accessible for young kids. The animation is solid, if not distinctive, and fits the style and substance of the story. This is an excellent movie all around.

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