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Teaching Courage with Disney Planes

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Friday nights are often family movie nights at our house.  After dinner we pop a huge bowl of buttery popcorn and sit down to watch a movie.  This weekend we were lucky enough to be treated to Disney’s Planes for our family movie night.  The kids had seen the movie in the theaters (more than once!) and they were super excited to watch the movie again.  The fun thing about watching movies at home is that I get a chance to discuss the movie with the kids as it is happening and help them digest the lessons the movie is teaching.


Given that this weekend is Veterans Day, I thought it was a good time to talk about courage and bravery and Dusty Crophopper is the perfect example of courage! My kids are polar opposites in personality.  Ella is as outgoing and independent as they come.  But Miles is very cautious and reserved.  He doesn’t like new places or people and it takes him quite a while to warm up.  Miles also happens to love Dusty Crophopper so I was able to talk about being brave and having courage easily.  Hopefully Dusty will continue to help us our when we face a new situation that Miles is uncertain about.


Towards the end of the movie, when Dusty arrives in Mexico all battered and bruised, the rest of his plane friends help him rebuild with new parts so he can finish the race.  One of the little pit crew guys says, in regards to Dusty, “You gotta give it to him. He never gives up!”  We had quite a discussion about having courage and never giving up even when we are scared.


Disney Planes will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19, 2013.  We always buy the awesome bonus pack that includes a Blu-Ray (for home), a DVD (for the portable DVD player) and a digital copy (for grandma’s iPod).  Meanwhile, make sure to stay in touch with the entire Planes crew on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!


 Bravery doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. It means you go anyway.


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  • JanetGoingCrazy
    November 9, 2013

    What a great way to teach your kids about courage! We loved this movie for all of the lessons we could get from it and because it was so much fun! #client