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Movie Info:

  • Rating: PG (for peril, action, and thematic elements)
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Studio: Disney/Pixar

From the Cover of The Good Dinosaur (2015) by Disney/Pixar:

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.”

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The Good Dinosaur (2015) – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. Why did Arlo not feel like he fit in? Has there been a time you felt like you did not fit in?
    Caregiver Note: While Arlo has a very obvious bout of loss and grief from losing his father, it’s important that we recognize Arlo already had struggles prior to this separation. Sometimes in the midst of all the responsibilities of caregiving it’s easy for us to forget the struggles children perceive from before they were removed from the home of origin or even struggles unrelated directly to the removal (i.e. – bullying, struggles in school, missing out on activities that promote normalcy, etc.). It’s important for a caregiver to remember that when a child grieves something new it can bring up old hurts as well and resume grief over other things as well. For this reason, children sometimes have more needs than a caregiver may initially recognize. Helping children bring awareness to their emotions is beneficial to development, but especially for children in care that have missed out on opportunities to build up…

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