June 21, 2008, Epoch Times
Silly and wholesome—a safe bet for the smallest of theatergoers
The most popular characters in the produce aisle are hitting the big screen with The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything—A VeggieTales Movie.Starring the loveable characters Larry the Cucumber (Elliot), Mr. Lunt (Sedgewick), and Pa Grape (George), Pirates is a tale of heroism and overcoming one’s shortcomings.
In this film, three dinner theater bus boys dream of becoming stars in the big pirate show. When their auditions go terribly awry, they find themselves jobless and dwelling on their inadequacies. Elliot has a litany of things he’s afraid of (which he catalogs), Sedgewick is eternally lazy, and George completely lacks self-confidence.
In a surprising turn of events, the pals are whisked back to the 17th century where they are mistaken for heroes and given the task of rescuing a royal family from an evil pirate. Through their many adventures, along the way they are forced to face their fears and discover what a true hero is.
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is the latest release by the VeggieTales company, Big Idea. Known mostly for their biblically themed stories, VeggieTales has become a full-blown franchise selling toys, books, CDs, games, and more. The company has sold over 50 million DVDs and videos in the past 15 years. They proclaim their mission to be “enhancing the spiritual and moral fabric of society through creative media.” Pirates certainly meets this objective.
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is quite silly and the storyline seems a bit disjointed at times. Throughout the film, however, the content remains appropriate for the very young audience it targets. The company has also released a sing-along DVD that comes with a movie ticket. The audience members in my theater seemed to greatly enjoy bursting into song at the a propos moments. Pirates wraps up nicely with a clearly spelled out moral lesson and is a nice option for parents of young children.