Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Entertaining, humorous take on biblical story.
  • G
  • 2002
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 15 reviews

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Educational Value

Jonah is designed to promote values rather than provide information. The terms "prophet," "compassion," and "mercy" are clearly defined. Some geographical locations are shown, specifically Biblical cities in Israel. The visuals include animated characterizations of Middle Eastern terrain, ancient dress, architecture, and music. 


Positive Messages

Primarily advances the virtues of compassion (when you see someone in need and you want to help) and mercy (when you give someone a second chance even if they don’t deserve it). These two concepts are introduced and cleverly repeated in multiple situations with a variety of characters. Along the way other positive-values messages are delivered: do not fight, do not cheat, do what’s right, don’t provoke, and many more.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Leading characters are intelligent, resourceful, courageous, and forgiving. Jonah, the prophet-hero, makes a mistake, realizes it, and seeks forgiveness. Even the meanest people learn the lessons that are being taught and "accept God’s message." An early scene contains some very poor driving skills and irresponsible behavior: looking at a map and being distracted by passengers.


Violence & Scariness

Cartoon action and suspense throughout. The movie opens with a wild ride in which a van and its passengers careen down a hillside, crash through barriers, nearly run over a porcupine family, and hover on the edge of a cliff. No one is injured. Jonah and his shipmates are caught in a violent storm, but as the ship tosses and turns, all on board play Go Fish and don’t appear panicky. Finally, the mythic whale swallows Jonah (among others), and the prophet does fear for his life.


Sexy Stuff

VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovie Gal January 11, 2021

Great movie for all ages

I grew up this movie and probably watched it a billion times as a kid. Even to this day I find Jonah to be an enjoyable and hilarious movie that teaches a great... Continue reading
Adult Written byConcernedChrist... August 27, 2020

Horrifying and disgusting

A truly disgusting film from the deviant of Christian filmmaking, Phil Vischer, Jonah is 79 minutes of irreverence passing itself off as "goofy wholesome c... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015

Jonah: A VeggieTales movie:)

I love all the VeggieTales movies and so does my whole family, It's fun ,Humorous, and A Christian show with beautiful animation I would recommend it to an... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 10, 2014

Jonah has some scary parts

sorry i forgot to add this last time, but by 'scary" i mean as follows:
1. In jonah's dream the usually unscary character scooter might trigger n... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own spiritual views -- and ask children about theirs. Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie has references to God and the Bible, but do you think the values in the movie are universal? 

  • When we must be obedient and when should we think for ourselves?

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