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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Beauty and the Beast"

Families can talk about everything from how to handle scary movie scenes to what makes Belle a role model.

Beauty and the Beast is a gorgeous, beautifully made live-action remake of Disney's animated "tale as old as time." It's fantastic, although definitely a bit scarier/more intense than the original. But, as always, the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous -- all of which means it gives families plenty to talk about. Try these discussion questions for kids:

  • How do you think this live-action version compares with the animated original? Which differences do you like most? Which do you like least? Why?
  • Even if you were expecting them, how did the movie's scary scenes make you feel? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
  • How do the characters demonstrate compassion, curiosity, humility, and empathy? Why are those important character strengths?
  • How does Belle compare with other Disney princesses? Is she curious? Do you consider her a role model?
  • What makes Gaston's conceited, self-centered nature funny? Is he a caricature of the stereotypical leading man? Do your feelings about him change over the course of the story? Why?
Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at BabyCenter.com and then served as an editor at Reel.com, Emode.com, and AOL's Digital City before working as the site content manager at Netflix for three years -- and then joining Common Sense Media in 2006. She's a lifelong movie and TV fan (favorites include The Princess Bride, 30 Rock, Some Like It Hot, Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars) and is delighted to have a job that makes keeping up on celebrity and pop culture news a necessity -- which, in turn, helps give her (a little) cred with her two kids.

In her role at Common Sense, Betsy has had the privilege of moderating a Comic-Con panel, serving as a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival, touring the set of Imagination Movers, interviewing filmmakers like The Good Dinosaur's Peter Sohn, and much more. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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