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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Defines selfishness with examples. Provides modern-English version of biblical verse and explains its meaning.
Secular messages show how being selfish hurts those around you. When you do hurt someone else, ask for forgiveness and make it right. Faith-based messages also mention asking God for forgiveness in addition to the person you've harmed, that God wants us to think of others and love our neighbors, and that God made you special and loves you.
Positive Role Models
King George thinks only of himself and what he wants and even puts one of his subjects at risk in battle to get what he wants. His minister Louis points out his problems but is ineffective at getting through. But when King George realizes the harm he's doing to others, he asks for forgiveness, makes amends, and learns that the world is a better place when you put others before yourself.
Violence & Scariness
The kingdom is at war; the weapons are pies; characters are hit in the face with pies. One character is traumatized by the horrors of war but recovers when he's well taken care of.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that VeggieTales: King George and the Ducky is an original story for the Christian franchise and teaches kids about the damage being selfish does to those around us in ways that young children will understand. Religion isn't stressed in this one, but the end mentions needing to ask God for forgiveness and what God wants from us. It also provides the familiar biblical verse with an explanation. The kingdom is at war (the weapons are pies); no battles are shown, but you do see a few people getting hit with pies. One character suffers apparent PTSD after a battle but is cured after he's well taken care of. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
VEGGIETALES: KING GEORGE AND THE DUCKY is a fun, engaging story that follows the usual structure that will be familiar to veteran viewers. It strikes a balance between providing faith-based messaging but not hitting the viewer over the head with it, so it can be enjoyed on a secular as well as religious level. It does a solid job of explaining selfishness and the harm it does to others in a way even young children can understand.
The musical numbers are a bit uneven; one or two are witty and move the story along, but others (especially Larry's silly song) are contrived and take the viewer out of the moment. Little kids are unlikely to notice, though, and they'll laugh and enjoy the silliness as they learn not only why being selfish is bad but also how to make amends when they've made a mistake.
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