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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Kubo and the Two Strings

Families can talk about everything from courage to the power of storytelling in this epic adventure from the creators of Coraline and The Boxtrolls.

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic adventure set in an alternative fantasy Japan, with strong themes of courage and teamwork. And despite its peril and scary scenes, at heart this Common Sense Seal-honored movie is the tale of a young artist learning how to be a hero. All of this gives families plenty to talk about after watching. Try these topics/questions to get started:

  • Which parts of Kubo and the Two Strings were frightening? What made them scary? Do you think they were necessary to the story? How much scary stuff can kids handle in movies?
  • How does Kubo demonstrate courage? Why is that an important character strength? What role do empathy, perseverance, and communication play in the story?
  • What audience do you think the movie is intended for? Is it too scary for younger kids? What other aspects of the movie make it more mature than the average kids' flick?
  • How does the movie depict the importance of storytelling? How does Kubo bring joy to his village?
  • Discuss how the music, and even the choice of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," affects and reflects the story.
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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