5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Pete's Dragon

Families can talk about everything from what makes a movie scary to the importance of family, friendship, and believing in magic. By Amanda Nojadera
5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Pete's Dragon

Pete’s Dragon (2016) is a delightful remake of Disney’s 1977 live-action/animated classic, but there are a few dark and sad moments that might upset younger or more sensitive kids. Which means that this Common Sense Seal-honored story about the bond between a young orphan and his friendly dragon offers families lots to talk about. Try these topics/questions to get started:

  • Talk about how Pete is left alone in the wilderness. Did that make you nervous? Why? His mother tells him he's very brave. Do you think you could be brave in that situation?

  • How does Pete demonstrate courage? Why is that an important character strength? What role do empathy and perseverance play in the story as well?

  • What parts of the movie did you find scary? Why? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • What are the movie's messages about friendship and family? Does your family have to be people you're related to? Who do you consider part of your family?

  • How does this version compare to the original? Do you usually like remakes? Why or why not?

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About Amanda Nojadera

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As a member of Common Sense's marketing team, Amanda helps project-manage cross-organization marketing initiatives and hand-picks the content for Common Sense Media's newsletter (have you signed up yet?). She also... Read more

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