20 Movies That Came Before ‘Coco’ That Every Latino Kid Needs To Watch
When it comes to Latino representation on screen, the opportunity our kids get to see characters, stories and actors that are like them are few and far between. Here’s a look at twenty great movies that were made for kids in mind and are starring, produced by, and about Latinos.
1. The Book of Life
The 2014 movie is an American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film starring Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Kate del Castillo. It won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film that same year.
2. Ferdinand the Bull
The 1938 American short was produced by Walt Disney Productions. The movie is based on The Story of Ferdinand which was published in 1936.
Shakira starred as Gazelle in this 2016 film about a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist. In the film, Shakira plays a famous pop star.
The 1994 American animated musical fantasy film starred Charo as Mrs. Toad. The movie was based on a book of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.
This American animated fantasy was loosely based on a William Steig fairy tale book and put out in 2001. Cameron Diaz starred as Princess Fiona.
6. Puss in Boots
Antonio Banderas starred in this Shrek spinoff as Puss in Boots. The actors played a talking cat running from the law.
7. The Prophet
In 2014, Salma Hayek produced this animated adaption of Kahlil Gibran’s book and took on the role of Kamila. The film did some gender swapping and was previewed at Cannes.
8. Spy Kids
The 2001 American spy adventure comedy was produced by Robert Rodriguez and starred Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. The actors starred as a family that fights an evil mastermind together.
9. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara joined forces again to star in this film in 2003. The movie was another spy adventure comedy that followed the Cortez family on an adventure.
10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Benjamin Bratt starred as Manny, Sam’s Guatemalan cameraman who was also a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.
11. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
This 2005 adaptation of the book by Ann Brashares starred America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel. The movie was released in May 2004 and topped the Box office at 42.01 million.
12. Book of Dragons
America Ferrera stars in this 2011 movie about a legend that pertains to new dragons.
13. Ice Age
John Leguizamo stars in this 2002 movie about animals migrating south to escape the winter. For his part, Leguizamo plays Sid a giant ground sloth.
Jennifer Lopez stars along side Rihana in this 2015 hit about a girl who manages to avoid capture of a space invasion. The movie includes Lopez’s ballad song “Feel The Light.”
Eva Longoria stars in this 2012 animated adventure comedy alongside Charlie Sheen and Hillary Duff. Longoria plays Laxy X the character’s antagonist against a dog who is a private investigator.
16. The Cheetah Girls
The Cheetah Girls debuted on Disney in 2005 and starred Adrienne Bailon who was a member of the girl group, 3LW. The movie followed four teen girls living in NYC trying to score their own music label.
17. Gotta Kick It Up
America Ferrera starred in this film about a group of Latina girls who compete as a dance group despite the odds that are stacked up against them.
18. La Bamba
This biographical movie about the short life of singer Ritchie Valens. Esai Morales stars as Bob Morales (Ritchie’s brother).
19. Around the World in 80 Days
This 1956 American epic adventure-comedy film starred Cantinflas and David Niven.
20. The Maldonado Miracle
Salma Hayek stars in this Daytime Emmy Award special. Hayek received the award for her outstanding directing in the 2004 movie about a town whose faith is tested when a statue of Jesus appears to be crying real tears of blood.