Pete’s Dragon is the newest family film from Disney. It is a brilliant film filled with adventure, laughs, and plenty of tear-jerkers. It is a great film to take a youth group, or other group, to. You can read my ponderings on the film here.
Below are some discussion questions you can use with your group. I’m sharing them here for those who are looking for such a resource. As a Christian educator, I should tell you, if you use these questions, don’t feel like you have to use them all. If anything, let the questions be a guide to having a conversation around the themes presented in the film.
- Have you or anyone you know experienced a tragedy like Pete did? How did you (they) cope?
- Pete asks his parents, “What’s an adventure?” How would you answer that question?
- In what ways does Elliot the dragon show compassion?
- When you watched Pete and Elliot interact, how did it make you feel? Did it remind you of anything?
- What does the scene where Pete walks through the barren section of the forest remind you of? What do you think the filmmakers could be communicating with this scene?
- When Pete opens the compass, he sees a picture of Grace’s family. In that moment, what do you think Pete is thinking or feeling? If you were Pete what would you be thinking or feeling?
- Family is an important theme in the film. In what ways are Pete and Elliot a family?
- In what ways is this group/church a family?
- Read Ephesians 1:5-9. What do these verses say about being family? Whose family are we apart of? Why are we apart of this family?
- Meacham challenges Grace to believe in that which she cannot see. Do you know the story about Thomas (John 20)? (If no one knows the story, retell it or read it.)
- Read John 20:26-29. How are Jesus’ words here like what Mr. Meacham says in the film? How do they differ?
- Meacham says, “The magic changed the way I see the world.” He’s referring to the magic of Elliot. How is this similar or dissimilar from faith?
- How has faith changed the way you see the world?
- What experiences have you had that changed the way you see the world?
- One of the last lines in the film is, “There is magic in the woods if you know where to look.” Read Matthew 7:7-8. Do you see any similarities?