Grandparents Day Feature: 5 Favourite Elderly Characters in Shows

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Grandparents Day Feature: 5 Favourite Elderly Characters in Shows


There’s something about watching grandparents care for their grandchildren that makes us go “awww”. In celebration of Grandparents Day this year, here are 5 fictional grandparents (in no particular order) who caught our attention with their strong personalities and memorable lines on screen.

Do note that there may be some spoilers below!   


1. Mamá Coco in Coco

Remember me

Though I have to say goodbye

Remember me

Don't let it make you cry”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the cinema where I watched this Disney/Pixar animated movie when Mamá Coco finally sings together with Miguel. In her old age, she recalls something from her past that softens her heart, allowing her to share a tender moment with her precious great-grandson.  


2. Gramma Tala in Moana

“I’m the village crazy lady. That’s my job.”

With the tattoo on her back and her low, raspy voice, Gramma Tala is certainly a grandma to remember. Despite her seeming laissez-faire attitude towards Moana, we come to learn that she cares deeply for her granddaughter and has in fact always been looking out for her.   


3. Carl Fredricksen in Up

That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.”

Carl’s relationship with Russell has not always been a smooth-sailing one. While Russell may not be his biological grandson, Carl takes him under his wing (after much persuasion) and brings him along on a trip of a lifetime. Over the course of the show, we see Carl slowly opening up to the kid, showing a kind of sacrificial love we never would have thought he has. 


4. Lydia Riera in One Day At A Time

“I’m so happy I brought you into this world to laugh at me. Because of your giant heads I pee when I cough.”

Having left her family to flee Cuba at a young age, she exemplifies tremendous strength and resilience. She stores her food in cookie tins, hoards seemingly useless items, spoils her grandchildren and is as stubborn as a mule. Despite living in an entirely different cultural context, Lydia’s oftentimes hilarious interactions with her daughter and grandchildren almost hits too close to home. 


5. Jay Pritchett in Modern Family

“Life is full of changes. Some big, some small. I learned a long time ago you can fight it or try to make the best of it. And that's all a lot easier if you've got people who love you to help you face whatever life throws at you.”

Jay starts off as a guarded, hard-headed man of the house and gradually warms up to his large family. Despite his cold exterior, he shows affection to his children and grandchildren in various ways. As much as he takes it upon himself to lead them and to help them grow, he comes to realise that he too has much to learn from them. 


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