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Veggie Tales: Veggies in Space, The Fennel Frontier
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this entry in the faith-based VeggieTales series takes place in space and is a parody of iconic adventures such as Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. Because of that, there is more cartoon action than in other stories: battling robots, a space pirate attacking the space fleet, meteor showers (of popcorn). Also included are some suspenseful moments as the sun's power is shown to be weakening, threatening a planet. The tale has more plot turns than other VeggieTales adventures; it's not as simple and straightforward and uses some scientific language that is not clearly explained. Still, everything is resolved and the message about sharing is clear. There are brief religious references.
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What's the story?
Nobody wants to share in VEGGIE TALES: VEGGIES IN SPACE! Poor Larry the Cucumber is drifting in space, but everyone is too wrapped up in having what they need and what they think they might need to help him out. So Bob the Tomato and Larry remember a story about the importance of sharing. It happened on the Moon and on the Planet Tootanny, when astronauts, space aliens, and robots were so greedy they almost let Tootanny explode.Captain Cuke (played by Larry, of course) and Mr. Spork (Bob the Tomato) aboard the Space Ship Applepies really are facing "The Fennel Frontier." It's a close call, but even the power-hungry super villain Luntar the Looter has a higher purpose. When the Veggies finally realize that their serious case of the "Mine! Mine! Mine!" may lead to their destruction, they have to change their ways -- and fast -- to save the planet.
Is it any good?
What this movie loses in a sometimes unclear and meandering plot, it makes up for with engaging music, the usual lovable characters, and some clever parody. The youngest viewers may not understand why loss of solar power can result in a supernova, but they will certainly get the message about sharing. Veggies in Space is less religious than other offerings in this faith-based brand of upbeat children's fare; there is more of a focus on action. With the witty references to Star Wars and Star Trek, there is plenty for older kids and grownups to enjoy, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss how sharing works in your house. Do you have rules set up to guide your behavior? What happens if someone doesn't want to share?
Look up some of the science words from this DVD. Find out what a "supernova" is. What is the difference between a "meteorite" and an "asteroid?"
Why do you think kids like movies about outer space? Create and design a planet you might like to visit if you were an astronaut.
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