Well it's about time! After years of releasing home video-only episodes
of VeggieTales adventures, Big Idea Productions finally release
the first theatrical experience, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. What a delight
to finally see a full-length VeggieTales feature! The geniuses
behind the popular and unstoppable childrens series take the amusic and clever
humor of the original series and smartly incorporate it into this feature film.
It was incredible to see a big screen production featuring the lovable characters of
Bob & Larry and their many friends.
Much like the 1990 DuckTales Movie with the genie, Jonah introduces a new
character into the VeggieTales family -- a caterpillar named Khalil! The caterpillar
fits nicely into the story as he is based after the worm that is mentioned at the close
of the book of Jonah. Khalil provides quite a bit of the comedy once introduced. While
he may be irritating to some, he will surely be the highlight for others. Larry the Cucumber
is a delight as one of the pirates while Jonah his played by the more prim and proper
Archibald Asparagus. He seemed like an odd pick to be the central character for the movie,
but ended up being perfect. One complaint I do have, however, is Bob the Tomato's
roll is greatly reduced to merely the intro and a couple scenes here and there throughout
the film. Otherwise, the film was exceptionally well done. While it is probably not the funniest
and most clever of VeggieTale adventures, it's certainly a memorable and a must-see
for the family.
There's no reason why a Christian family should not indulge in the fruits of Jonah,
a squeakly clean film for adults and children alike with an important message for our society these days.
Also, I urge you to please see this film over and over and invite your friends. Please support
this quality Christian film so more will be produced in the future. Let's see Hollywood
revolutionized! Something worthwhile and edifying is finally out so GO SEE IT!
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Violence: Fish-slapping (you just have to see it),
Jonah envisions God smiting Nineveh (played for laughs), the large whale swallows Jonah, etc
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