VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables

  • Review Date: October 12, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012

Common Sense Media says

Veggie superheroes use faith to handle fear.
  • Review Date: October 12, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain and inspire rather than specifically educate.

Positive messages

Subtitled "A Lesson in Handling Fear," the principal message concerns putting trust in God whenever afraid. Also: everyone is afraid sometimes; God is bigger than anything that scares you; it's admirable to step up and do what is right in a moment of need even though you're afraid.

Positive role models

Junior Asparagus is initially afraid of lots of things, but over the course of the story, he exhibits bravery, resourcefulness, and concern for others as he learns to overcome his fears. Key villain (as in many VeggieTales episodes) speaks with an accent, in this case German. "Vogue," the only female superhero participates courageously with the boys, but her fears and interests tend to be stereotypically feminine (i.e., her fear is "bad hair;" it's important that her supersuit be "fashionable").

Violence & scariness

Expect more cartoon action in this VeggieTales episode compared to many others, and it's accompanied by some spooky music and eerie sound effects. Everything is done with humor; no one is ever hurt. Characters are zapped, captured, frozen, and chased. Once the super heroes' fears are discovered (the dark, monkeys, bad hair, the sound of balloons popping), they are used against them. "Bad guy" penguins waddle around with lasers and a final battle has a giant robotic penguin threatening to freeze all the veggies in the town.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

VeggieTales is a franchise with multiple products. An lengthy ad before the feature on this DVD sells a Veggie Tales cruise vacation.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the central theme of VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables is handling fear and putting trust in God in order to overcome that fear. As always the faith-based VeggieTales franchise is directed at very young viewers. This time, however, there is more cartoon action than in most of the other features. The action is stylistically simple and comic, and the villains (pretty silly-looking penguins and a wild-haired scientist) are never truly scary. The heroes are zapped, frozen, captured, and fight a final battle in which a giant robot penguin (which looks more like a parade balloon than a scoundrel) threatens a town. Some spooky music, tumbles, alarm sounds, and superhero activity add to the mild mayhem.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Poor Junior Asparagus, he's scared of lots of things -- a perfect target for the power-hungry Dr. Flurry who wants to rule over Bumblyburg. When the villain sends his penguin henchmen to the town's Science Museum to steal the "Fear Gar" -- a weapon that helps identify a target's worst fear and then use it against him or her -- the Veggies call upon local superheroes, The League of Incredible Vegetables, hoping they can rescue Bumblyburg. It's too little, too late, however -- Dr. Flurry and the Fear Gar quickly capture "S-Cape," "Vogue," and "Thingamabob" and render their powers useless. Now it's only Junior, newly-dubbed superhero "Richochet," who can win the day. But can Junior overcome his many fears? After Junior's supersuit is ruined, can Larryboy help the young hero find the faith to soldier on without it? Will God truly be there in Bumblyburg's hour of need?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Brightness, optimism, catchy music, silly songs, and instructive, faith-based messages presented in a simple, relatable way are trademarks of the VeggieTales franchise. The Big Idea family doesn't stop there, however. For older kids and for parents there are funny cultural references and often familiar stories with a twist. This entry is fairly typical though the introduction of "superhero" Veggies means there's lots of cartoon action.

And though there is less religious content in this episode than some, the characters' growth and the story's resolution both depend upon putting trust in God and realizing that "God is bigger than anything that scares you." Music by The Newsboys is an added feature.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what frightens us. How do we know the difference between what's really scary and what we imagine?

  • A Veggie says, "If I had a supersuit, I'd never be afraid." Do you think this is true? Why or why not?

  • Everyone is afraid some of the time; it's part of being human. Why is it helpful to know that? 

Movie details

DVD release date:October 16, 2012
Cast:Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Mike Nawrocki
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Superheroes, Friendship
Run time:48 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 8 years old August 7, 2013
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a lesson about fear

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Win Win Choice for Preschoolers and Parents

Need a super hero movie for your super hero obsessed toddler without the seemingly compulsory violence and mature themes? Veggies to the rescue! Little boy wonder gets his super hero fix, while mom can feel good about positive message on how to deal with fear in the real world. Bonus: there is enough subtle pop culture references to keep adults chuckling along the way.

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