Family Discussion Guide
Ok, so we don’t expect you to have a college-level discussion with your kids about this delightful film (but if you do, way to go you!). However, preschool and elementary kids are famous for watching their favorite flicks over and over.
If you watch Dory again (it’s on Netflix, by the way), or you find yourself singing “Just Keep Swimming,”
you might find ways to talk about the strong positive themes of the movie,
like family, friendship, perseverance, creativity, and honoring those with disabilities.
Here’s some things to get you started:
Read the story of the Lost (Prodigal) Son in Luke 15. How does the dad in the story remind you of Dory’s parents? God is always waiting for you. He’s not mad at you. He doesn’t want to punish you. He loves you and is always looking for ways to bring you to Himself and His home.
Do you have a hard time doing something like Destiny’s eyesight, Bailey’s echolocation or Dory’s memory? Did you know God put your parents (and other trusted adults) in your life to help you with it? He also wants to help you with it! You can ask him to help you overcome that problem–it might be hard just like jumping over a wall like Bailey and Destiny did but he will empower you! (See Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 12:9)
Talk about Dory's disability and how it affects her. Does it keep her from experiencing love, friendship, achievement or happiness? What does her experience (and Nemo's) teach us about disabilities?
What does Dory learn about what makes a family? Kids: Whom do you consider to be part of your family?
Which characters are role models? What do they do that's brave, courageous, selfless, and caring? How do their actions demonstrate teamwork and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?