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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Sing"
From the producers of the Despicable Me films, Sing is an animated comedy with an A-list voice cast, catchy pop songs, and cute animal characters -- as well as some peril and danger, slapstick laughs, and a few risqué moments. It has themes of courage, teamwork, and following your dreams ... but also more mixed messages about lying, parent-child relationships, and the value of motherhood and homemaking. All of this means it offers plenty for families to talk about! Try these discussion questions for kids:
- Talk about Sing's messages. What does it say about finding your voice and following your dreams? How does it promote teamwork, courage, and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
- Who are the movie's role models? What do they do that makes them admirable?
- Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? How can nonhuman characters reinforce stereotypes that we typically associate with people?
- Some critics have said that the movie doesn't treat its female characters particularly well, from Rosita's absence at home barely being noticed, to Ash's bad relationship, to Buster's behavior toward Miss Crawly. Do you agree?
- Why do you think Johnny is so desperate for his dad's approval, even though his dad is a criminal? Do you think he would have felt he'd succeeded if he hadn't gotten that validation?