"The hero isn't the strongest, or the fastest, or the smartest, or the best-looking. The hero is the one who, no matter how hard, does what he knows is right." - from The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales MovieAvast, Ye Pirate Fans! VeggieTales' second theatrical release is now available on DVD. In The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt, and Pa Grape star as pretend pirates named Elliot, Sedgewick, and George. Working as busboys in a dinner theatre, they really are the most good-for-nothing, aimless pretend pirates that ever existed. That is until one day a they stumble upon a "Helpseeker" and find themselves sent back in time to help a princess rescue her brother from their evil pirate uncle. Along the way they fight evil cheese curls and giant rock monsters. They conquer the seas and face their own fears along the way to become heroes of the day.
Unlike some other VeggieTales productions, this movie is not based on any biblical text, but the movie does very, very subtly teach Christian values along the way. Phil Vischer, one of the movie's creators, summaries the Christian aspect of the movie best in his interview with Religion Writer, "Regardless of how you view yourself, God has created you to do something really cool. That’s why we’re here, and it involves helping others, and it has nothing to do with how big and brave and strong you are, and everything to do with trust in God to give you what you need."
I must say I am a bit embarrassed to admit this is my first foray into the VeggieTales world so I cannot say how it compares to their other productions. The graphics of the film are well done and the movie is interesting enough to keep viewers intrigued. It bothered me a bit that the vegetables don't have arms but yet by some miracle are still able to wield swords and row boats. Guess that must be a Veggie thing. The evil cheese curls were scary to my preschool age daughter (a subliminal message that junk food is bad for you?) and a few other scenes are slightly violent, so the film is probably best for ages 5 and up. The music in the film was one of my favorite parts, from "Jolly Joe's" rootbeer crazy square dance song to the pop-rock cross big band "Yo Ho Hero."
Well, Me Hearties, if you're looking for fun, lighthearted, creative movie fare, the VeggieTales movie is certainly worth a gander. It truly is "a swashbuckling good time for the whole family!"
Some additional links:
VeggieTales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Movie Website
BigIdea.com - Official Home of VeggieTales
Printable VeggieTales Pirate coloring pages
Yahoo Games - Sedgewick's Treasure Dig
And here's a pirate giveaway:
Frugal Mommy of Two Girls - A Great Day with the Pirates HABA Game Giveaway Ends 12/2/2008
Thanks to ConnectingMoms.com for the opportunity to review this DVD.