Soul is the newest movie from Disney Pixar that is currently streaming on Disney+. It is visually breathtaking with stunning animation and as we have come to expect, a storyline that is deep and thought-provoking. Adults may get more from this then kids, however a strength of this movie is it allows kids to ask hard questions in an age appropriate way. This is the kind of movie (similar to Inside Out) that is best watched multiple times and is likely more suitable for older kids as the storyline can be confusing if you are not paying attention. This movie deals with themes of life and death, what makes you unique and following your dreams. There are a few parts that younger children might find scary but overall it is a movie for the whole family. This movie contains a depth of content for discussion. If you are able, adults may wish to watch this movie first before watching with kids.
Which of the characters did you like best? Why?
What feelings did you experience in this movie?
We learn from Joe and 22 that gratitude, or being thankful, is so important but easy to forget. What are you thankful for today? Can you name 5 things? 10? What is something that you are thankful for that you often forget to say thank you for?
I wonder what you think is your purpose in life?
A lot of this movie is about Joe helping 22 to find her spark, which they think is about purpose in life. At the end, Joe realises that is not what your spark is. He says, “Your spark isn’t your purpose. It’s when you’re ready to come live.” What do you think that means? Where do you find your spark?
Joe inspired the Jerrys. How did he do that? Who inspires you? Why?
Have you ever been asked what you want to do with your life or how you are going to spend your life? What is your answer to that question?
What do you think Joe means when he says at the end that he is not sure what he going to do with his life, but he knows he is going to live every minute of it?
Do you think being alive helps you do something good? What may be something you would like to do very often and get better at it all the time?
I wonder what questions you have after watching this movie?
Other themes to discuss: compassion, empathy, perseverance, death and grief, faith.