Veggie Tales: Veggies in Space, The Fennel Frontier

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Veggies save the planet in faith-based tale about sharing.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 45 minutes

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Educational Value

Introduces some scientific terms: asteroid, supernova, lunar, robots, space shuttle.

Positive Messages

Enthusiastically promotes sharing, teamwork, and helping others. Limited religious messages in this episode: describes God's word as "sharing with others is the way it's supposed to be," and delivers a biblical reference at the end of the story.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As the story begins, most of the Veggies are selfish, refusing to share with those in need. Everyone learns an important lesson -- "If you have enough to spare, you have enough to share." Diversity is provided by an assortment of dialects, including a dread-locked vegetable who speaks with a Jamaican lilt.

Violence & Scariness

Astronauts and two robots briefly battle for possession of the moon. A space pirate chases the heroes as he attempts to drain power from everything and everyone in space. Mild suspense as a countdown tracks the sun slowly losing its power, threatening a planet's survival. In two sequences, popcorn meteorites rain down on the planet, frightening the inhabitants. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

A repeated joke concerns the fact that Larry the Cucumber has to go to the bathroom. 

Consumerism

This DVD is a product of the popular Christian-based franchise of toys, apps, books, DVDs, merchandise. Including with the disk is a brochure advertising other VeggieTales items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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 WarsStar 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byDamusiccrew March 28, 2018

Why do they let kids watch this?

This was the most horrifying movie I’ve seen. It was terrifiying. The scene where the vegetables are chopped up is the most graphic depiction of violence I have... Continue reading

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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