VeggieTales: A Snoodle's Tale

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Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Kids are encouraged to be themselves in gentle stories.
  • NR
  • 2004
  • 37 minutes

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

Educational Value

This movie focuses on building confidence by way of teaching children to ignore negative feedback from critical people around them. It teaches that God loves them just the way they are.

Positive Messages

Even as the tiny young Snoodle is berated by older, critical Snoodles, a God figure tells him he's just the way God made him and that's why he's fine.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One story underscores "being yourself," spotlighting a gourd with a "portly girth" who is too embarrassed to do what he loves -- dance -- because he jiggles too much. When his friends remind him that he should feel free to dance because God made him portly, he feels better.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

The Snoodle is told he is "puny," "silly," "ugly," "foolish," and "not smart." 

Consumerism

In song, Larry the Cucumber, driving a Jeep, tells someone he likes her car, a Subaru.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, as with all installments in the VeggieTales series, this one supports children's delicate egos with constant reminders that "God loves you." A gourd with a "portly girth" is too embarrassed to do what he loves -- dance -- because he jiggles too much. When his friends remind him that he should feel free to dance because God made him portly, he feels better. The Snoodle is initially told he's "puny," "silly," "ugly," "foolish," and "not smart." The stories revolve around encouraging children to have self-confidence and to understand and avoid bullying.

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Adult Written byD b November 2, 2017

Amanzing story!

It's a story for kids of any age, even for grown ups and for parents. As a parent I enjoyed a lot and my kids too. A snoodle's tale is amazing! Any st... Continue reading

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What's the story?

This DVD contains two stories, both focused on helping children feel comfortable in their own skins. "Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly" focuses on a sweet soul who loves to dance but is embarrassed by his jiggly body. Disguised in a wig, he shimmies himself into a girdled Saturday Night Fever-style white disco suit, plays the boom box, and whirls around sublimely. When the neighbors expose him, they encourage him to dance as himself, reminding him that God loves him as he is. The Snoodle episode is narrated with a Dr. Seuss-ian rhyme, describing a young Snoodle ridiculed by older Snoodles to the degree that he removes himself to get away from the criticism. He is taught dignity and given self confidence when he encounters God, who tells the kid he is fine the way he is.   

Is it any good?

These stories are clever, gentle, unthreatening, and good-natured lollipops designed to help children cope with frustrations of growing up. They are sharp enough to hold the attention of adults who may want to watch with their children and discuss the feelings engendered by plot turns. As with this entire series, this episode is at times well written and acted by solid voice actors, including VeggieTales regulars Phil Vischer, Jim Poole, and Mike Nawrocki.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it feels like to be "different" from other kids and how being different isn't necessarily worse.

  • Dr. Jiggle was a good dancer, but he thought he had to hide his dancing so he disguised himself as Mr. Sly. Do you think he was happy when he could finally dance with friends without his disguise?

  • At first the little Snoodle couldn't fly. Then someone told him he was a good flyer and he took off. Do you think he could fly because someone believed in him? 

Movie details

For kids who love preschool tales

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