The Plugged In Show, Episode 70: Raya, the Last Dragon and Dealing with Mythology in the Movies


Disney’s latest might be titled Raya and the Last Dragon, but that dragon surely won’t be the last we see at the movies. Screens are positively teeming with dragons, fairies, and other creatures pulled from myth and fable. And often, these mythological creatures carry with them some of the religion and mythology from whence they came, too. For example, Sisu (the dragon from the movie) comes straight from Chinese legend, and she even gets her own altar. Sometimes, more modern products of pop culture can carry a bit of myth and spirituality, too: Most superhero movies are proof enough of that.

Just how concerned should parents be with these mythological elements?

Plugged In’s team of experts talks about that very subject in our latest podcast, discussing Raya, myth in pop culture and how Christian parents can talk with their kids about these sorts of movies in a fun, God-honoring way. You’ll not want to miss it. Just like you’ll not want to miss links to any of the interesting things they reference there.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.