Study Guides

Superman: The Movie - An Adoption Connection

Addison Cooper and Kutter Callaway
Superman: The Movie - An Adoption Connection
This movie does a fine job of showing how an adoptee can be connected and loyal to both birth family and adoptive family members. Clark leaves the Kent home when he is 18 in order to learn more from his birth father. He also financially supports Mrs. Kent in her widowhood. Clark obviously respects all four of his parents...

Thor - The Pride of Odin

Kutter Callaway (Questions) and Elijah Davidson (Reflection)
Thor - The Pride of Odin
Unlike other superhero movies which tend to focus on external adversaries for the sources of conflict, Thor centers on its hero's need to learn selflessness and reconcile with his father and brother...

Pixar Study Guides

Kutter Callaway
Pixar Study Guides
The films of Pixar Animation Studios offer Christian leaders an invaluable opportunity. Not only do their stories engage children, youth, and adults alike, but they do so by exploring universal dimensions of the human condition...

Monsters Inc. - Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Kutter Callaway
Monsters Inc. - Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
Monsters, Inc. is a film about fear. It taps into childhood fears common to the human experience, and it also speaks to the collective fears of a terrorized society—fears of the unknown, the outsider, and most importantly, the other...

A Bug’s Life - Does It Matter If We Matter?

Kutter Callaway
A Bug’s Life - Does It Matter If We Matter?
This desire to live an extraordinary life informs everything we do. Regardless of what I, as an individual, commit my time and energy to, I want it to matter that I am the one who does it. This basic impulse, although fundamentally good, has a tendency to become disoriented...

Finding Nemo - Risk Takers

Kutter Callaway
Finding Nemo - Risk Takers
Fear and anxiety have paralyzed Marlin. He is unwilling to take even the slightest risk because he fears that he might lose something or, worse, someone else...

Ratatouille - Eat Better

Kutter Callaway
Ratatouille - Eat Better
Pixar's Ratatouille is a movie that gets better with each viewing, because it helps us understand the various sides of our identities—as artists, as critics, and most importantly, as a member of a family, a greater community, and the world...

Cars - A Life Worth Celebrating

Kutter Callaway
Cars - A Life Worth Celebrating
Lightning wants to be a champion, but he longs even more for the sponsorships, the preferential treatment, and the many other privileges that come with being a celebrity...

The Incredibles - The Perils of Nostalgia

Kutter Callaway
The Incredibles - The Perils of Nostalgia
If we only consider the perspective of Mr. Incredible, then the film is about his longing for what he has lost. His is an unhealthy nostalgia, a kind of glorification of the past. In this way, the film resonates with the words of Ecclesiastes...

Up - Loss, Longing, and New LIfe

Kutter Callaway
Up - Loss, Longing, and New LIfe
How do our losses shape the stories we tell about our lives? What is the difference between having numerous companions/acquaintances and having a true friend?
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