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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is a full-length faith-based morality tale like all of the films and products in the Veggie Tales franchise. The moments of peril, such as a raging storm at sea, a van careening out of control on a country road, and Jonah and friend being swallowed by a whale (and worrying about dying), are handled with such a light touch that they are unlikely to scare most children. Jonah may be tossed into the water, but he is wearing a very reassuring ducky lifesaver ring, and the credits explain that no vegetables were hurt in the making of the movie. Jonah’s story references only the Old Testament, except for the presence of a gospel choir and visual images of the cross in one sequence.
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What's the story?
In JONAH: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE, Bob the Tomato and his friend are driving three veggie children to a concert when they meet up with perennial veggie favorites, the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. The Pirates tell the story of Jonah, a messenger who enjoyed delivering messages from God until God asked him to deliver one to a place he didn't want to go to. So, he ended up swallowed by a whale. Fortunately, God believes in second chances, so Jonah ends up just fine and a little wiser, too.
Is it any good?
The first Veggie Tales theatrical release features likeable computer-animated vegetables and gentle morals that create opportunities for families to talk to kids about the issues that matter most. Though Christian in origin, the values they communicate are universal. The references to God are explicit but nondenominational.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie may be a little long for the youngest fans of the videos, but kids five and up will be delighted with the fast, funny, and touching story. Parents even may find that it goes by quickly, because it has some of the funniest jokes of any movie this year, including those intended for adults.
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- In theaters: October 4, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: March 4, 2003
- Cast: Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Tim Hodge
- Directors: Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
- Studio: Big Idea
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Ocean Creatures, Pirates
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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