5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Aladdin"
Aladdin -- director Guy Ritchie's live-action musical take on Disney's 1992 animated classic -- keeps the spirit of the original and adds a boost of female empowerment to messages about friendship, courage, integrity, and honesty. But it also has intense elements, including scary scenes, characters in peril, and a nasty bad guy -- all of which means there's plenty for families to talk about after watching. Try these discussion questions for kids:
- Talk about Aladdin's potentially scary/violent parts. Is it scarier to see scenes in live action than in animation? Why? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
- How do the characters in Aladdin demonstrate courage and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?
- Discuss the differences between this version and the original. For example, what do you think of Jasmine's new song? Or the lyrical changes to the original songs? Is there anything missing that you'd like to have seen?
- What mistakes does Aladdin make throughout the story? What are the consequences for those mistakes? Does he redeem himself? Why is it important for kids to see consequences in movies?
- How does Jasmine compare to other Disney princesses? Do you consider her a role model?
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