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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind"

Families can talk about everything from environmental issues to what makes Nausicaa such a powerful role model.

Topics: Life Skills

With strong environmental messages and a strong female role model, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is still celebrated as an anime classic decades after its initial release. Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki combines gorgeous visuals with an exciting, epic story about a postapocalyptic world. Adventurous princess Nausicaa glides over a toxic jungle on futuristic airships, trying to protect both humankind and nature, even when they're seemingly at odds. Expect fierce battles, explosions, and giant insects, all of which might be too intense for younger kids. But tweens and up will find a ton to talk about after watching this captivating film.

Throughout the United States in 2017, Studio Ghibli is releasing several of its most popular kids' movies on the big screen. Type in your city or ZIP code here to find out whether Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is showing at a theater near you. Then, after the movie, try some of these discussion questions with your kids:

  • What makes Nausicaa a role model? What other strong female heroes can you think of?

  • There's quite a bit of violence in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. How did it affect you? How does it compare to what you might see in a live-action movie?

  • How do the characters demonstrate courage and compassion? Why are these important character strengths?

  • Talk about the movie's eco-message. How is the Earth repairing itself? Why is destroying the toxic jungle aggressively the wrong way to save humanity? Is there a right way? How are the movies' themes relevant to current issues?

  • Why do you think this movie is considered an anime classic? How is it different from the majority of Hollywood animated movies?

Frannie Ucciferri
Frannie Ucciferri is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in cognitive science and taught a class on "Arrested Development and Society." Her passion for reading and writing is paralleled only by her love of Bay Area sports, especially baseball. When she isn't playing with her dogs or trying out great new restaurants, you can probably find her watching Pixar movies, Parks and Rec, or one of her favorite girl power movies and TV shows.