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

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Like steamed veggies: Good for you, but bland.

Movie G 2008 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 4+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 4+

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything : A Veggietales Movie Movie review by Logan Strohl

While it's not Jonah a veggietales movie The Pirates who don't do anything do anything a veggietales movie is still pretty great and loads of fun and has a great message in it for followers of God and plus great songs and funny humor.

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age 5+

Some Parts Are Scary for Younger Kids

There are definitely some funny parts in this movie, but my kids (aged 6 and 3) didn’t laugh as much as I thought they would. Because there were no stars for violence and scariness, I didn’t click on it and read more. It seems like a lot of the G-rated movies we look at here have three stars for “Violence and Scariness,” but this one has none. I wouldn’t expect that unless there was literally nothing scary going on. I think this one definitely warrants one star for “Violence and Scariness.” I agree that the movie is not right for kids under four. My daughter, age 3, was not traumatized at all, but she was a bit scared at some of the scenes, like the ones featuring the Pirate Roberts and the ones featuring mechanical dragons. There’s also a scene where the heroes make a chandelier drop on Pirate Roberts. He is apparently a pea that was sitting in a suit which gave him arms and legs. When the chandelier hits him, the pea part of his body (which looks like a round head wearing a hat) rolls away. It looks like he was beheaded. I had to explain to my daughter what was going on, and she was fine after that. But it was a bit confusing.

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Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (11):

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).

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