What I didn't know was that there was a movie short called Sanjay's Super Team that showed before the movie. It was cute and entertaining. The kid comes around to the Dad's point of view that the Hindu gods are awesome when he sees them as super heroes.
I'm not saying Christian kids shouldn't see this short film but that a good conversation afterwards would be encouraged. It is an attractive, fun, introduction to another religion that a LOT of people on this earth believe to be truth. For us and hopefully a lot of Christian parents it will be a great conversation starter with their kids that different people have different beliefs and when they grow up they will get to decide what they truly believe to be the TRUTH. I would rather our kids have this conversation with us instead of with friends in college after hearing it from a professor or a kid down the hall.
The actual movie The Good Dinosaur we enjoyed. And maybe because we were taken aback to see the short film first we had a deeper thought process with this movie than we otherwise would have. It was a cute reversed movie where the dinosaurs were more human like and the human was more pet dog like. But out of this film we were able to talk about several concepts.
It is hard to love the unlovable but what if you do? (Spot showed love and kindness to Arlo despite Arlo's best attempts to be grumpy and mean back to him)
How do you forgive someone who really hurt you? (Arlo forgave Spot despite blaming him for his father's death)
Is it good to be alone? Why is it better to have a friend on your journey through life? Even though you might be different than another you can share pain and difficulties and be encouraging to each other.
Taking care of the least of these... there is a scene that alludes to adoption. That family is important and can help you "stand".
There is also a big point being made about "making your mark". And although Arlo survived a long adventure overcoming fear and one would think that is how he "made his mark". I would say he "made is mark" by forgiving (enemies and people who have hurt you), loving the unlovable, thinking of others first and sacrificing his life for that of his friend. This is how you "make a mark" that can lead to a change in our lives and in the lives of others.