The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie Movie Poster Image
Parents recommendPopular with kids
Like steamed veggies: Good for you, but bland.
  • G
  • 2008
  • 84 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Three unassuming busboys prove they're heroes when they go back in time and save a prince from a vengeful pirate, who gets his comeuppance. In the end, nearly everyone comes around and learns a good lesson: Do the right thing and be a hero, no matter whether you think you have the makings of one.

Positive Role Models & Representations
Violence & Scariness

A cartoon pirate who thirsts for fame and power brandishes a sword near a character's head. He also abducts a prince. Some bickering.

Sexy Stuff

No swearing, though the word "loser" is used a few times.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character has a strong penchant for "cheese curls" (i.e. cheese puffs).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated film -- part of a large, Christian-themed film-and-TV franchise -- has a light touch when it comes to sending its feel-good message (which, this time around, is that anyone can be a hero; all it takes is to do what you know is right). Some situations, as when a pirate captures a young man, sound perilous, but they're not that scary. There's no swearing, violence, or sexual innuendo, but several specific products are mentioned by name -- noticeably more than in other VeggieTales titles.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5-year-old Written bylpattie October 10, 2009

the funnest movie

it is pretty good for 4 years
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written byMerryJ July 13, 2009

Some Frigtening Scenes

My kids are sensitive to scary things. They were a little frightened, but okay with the scary pirates. What got to them was the monster cheese doodles and the r... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian_girl April 19, 2010

Nothing Better Than Veggies

I'm just going to let you know, I usually rate movies for a higher age than I really think can watch it in case of sensitive kids or strict parents. My one... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPrincessMovie July 6, 2020

Fun for the whole family

A great Veggietales movie. I love the pirates who don't do anything seeing them in a movie it teaches kids god calls us for a reason and he'll be by o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Three "cabin boys" at the Pieces of Ate Dinner Theater dream of the big time, when they'll move up from their lowly busboy positions and join the pirate show on stage. But they're hardly the handsome or muscled type. Elliot (played by Mike Nawrocki voiced Larry the Cucumber, who's one of the mainstays of the VeggieTales series) is sickly and has a long list of things that scare him; Sedgwick (here played by Phil Vischer's Mr. Lunt, a gourd) talks a good game but is more comic than courageous; and George (Vischer's Pa Grape) has no confidence whatsoever. (Even his kids think the dinner theater's pirate is cooler than their dad).

But then a "help-seeker" -- a magical time-travel device -- calls on the trio to step back to the 17th century to help Princess Eloise (Laura Gerow) save her brother, Prince Alexander (Yuri Lowenthal). He's been abducted by Robert the Terrible (Cam Clarke), the siblings' ambitious uncle -- who happens to be a marauding pirate who longs for the adulation that his brother the king receives. Eloise wishes for heroes, and suddenly, Elliot, Sedgwick, and George appear.

Is it any good?

THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING is self-effacing, all right -- just look at its nondescript title -- but it does have a strong and admirable message. Do the right thing, and don't worry about whether you look the part of anything (in this case, a hero). Will it, live it, have some faith, and you'll be it.

There's never a doubt that the three will realize their potential in the end, but their journey is still enjoyable for the most part. The music, like that of VeggieTales adventures past, is infectious (watch out for the gang's hilarious version of "Rock Lobster," here called "Rock Monster"), and nothing in the storyline is objectionable. Still, it starts out a little too slow for a movie targeted at school-age kids with short attention spans. The jokes can be clunky, and the animation is unsophisticated (except for the Rock Monsters, everything else seems a little flat).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this movie is similar to and different from other VeggieTales titles.

  • What does the VeggieTales brand mean to you and your family?

  • How is it different from other kids' and family media brands?

  • Families can also discuss George/Pa Grape's lack of confidence. How does he measure himself at first? Does he see things differently in the end? Why?

  • What about Elliot/Larry and his many fears? How does he overcome them?

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