VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful Life

  • Review Date: October 17, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 48 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Reimagined holiday classic with strong faith-based message.
  • Review Date: October 17, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 48 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie includes strong moral lessons.

Positive messages

All lives are meaningful; everyone is special in his or her own way. working together and doing your best are the ideal ways to accomplish your goals. Getting everything you want does not change your heart; even rich and famous people can be unhappy. Be careful what you wish for. The underlying religious messages: God loves you; God made you special; God has a plan for your life.

Positive role models

Stewart Green learns a big lesson about regrets and contentment. Stewart is a loving parent, husband, and a responsible, important member of his community. He finds out that those are the true measures of a person's worth.

Violence & scariness

Two players bump into one another during a football game.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that VeggieTales is a series of animated movies and TV shows for kids based on Christian beliefs. This movie reinforces the idea that each person is special and that God has a plan for everyone. The messages of appreciating what you have and finding your own specialness are prominent throughout, and intermingled with specific references to God and religion. There are no scary moments; the only action takes place on a football field, and though the main character is injured, he is never in danger and recovers quickly.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In this homage to It's a Wonderful Life, Stewart Green (played by Larry the Cucumber) finds out that happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. Stewart misses his chance to make the winning touchdown in a very important football game. Bumble, who does catch the ball, has a successful football career and becomes rich and famous. Disappointed and feeling unlucky, Stewart settles for getting married, having children, and running his town's toy company, but he always wonders how his life would have been different if only he'd caught the ball. It's up to Stewart's family, the poeple who work for him, and a magical ride on the "What If?" train to teach him about what really matters and show him how special he is.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There are lots of clearly stated, positive messages in this adventure, as well as some clever parodies of celebrity endorsements and the lure of fame and fortune. The story is enhanced by the usual charming VeggieTales' musical numbers and characters. This is one of the VeggieTales in which religious beliefs (specifically God's love, God's plan for you) are featured throughout, so parents may need to be prepared to answer questions and discuss their own views in a way kids can understand.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about regrets. Stewart took a ride on the "What If" train. What would have been different for him if he had caught the football and made a touchdown? How would other people's lives changed? What purpose do regrets serve? Do you have any regrets?

  • Bumble is a famous character who tells people to buy certain products. Do you think famous people really believe in the products they're selling? What do they receive for their efforts? What kinds of marketing do you notice in your daily life? What makes it effective?

  • How do you deal with disappointment? Do you discuss disappointments with your parents and ask for their help?

  • What are the things that make Stewart really happy? What are some of the things that make you happy? Describe a time with your family that made you very happy.

Movie details

DVD release date:October 2, 2010
Cast:Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Brian K. Roberts
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:48 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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What other families should know
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Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac T January 15, 2015
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A great movie with a great moral.

Larry gripes over Morty's fame until a mysterious carrot helps him see the good in himself. He goes on to do the same for his daughter Emma. He also stands up to Morty's arrogance. And there are no violent or scary scenes whatsoever.
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Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad October 19, 2012
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very, very reccomendable for four-year-olds.

This movie is bursting with strong, family-freindly messages about being content (happy with what you already have) and putting up with the way your life turns out, even if it doesn't turn out like you wish it had.
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