5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Dumbo"
Dumbo -- director Tim Burton's live-action take on Disney's 1941 animated classic -- offers families a vibrant, colorful world that also has intense elements, from scariness to sad separations. But this version thankfully doesn't have the original's racially stereotyped crow characters or a drunk, hallucinating Dumbo. And it does have themes of compassion and empathy and promotes the idea that our differences help make us special. All of this means there's plenty for families to talk about after watching. Try these discussion questions for kids:
- Talk about Dumbo's violent and/or scary scenes. How much scary stuff can young kids handle? What was more upsetting: the parts with peril and danger or the sad separations? Why do you think that is?
- How do the characters in Dumbo demonstrate courage and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?
- Discuss the differences between this version and the original. Why do you think certain aspects of the first film needed to be changed? Is there anything missing that you'd like to have seen?
- One of the movie's messages is that our differences help make us special. Do you agree? How do you see that reflected in your own, everyday life?
- How accurately do you think the movie portrays early 1900s circus troupes? Why has the circus become a controversial form of entertainment in more recent decades?