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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
Even though his kingdom is at war, all King George wants to do is spend all day in the bath with his favorite rubber ducky. And when he does make decisions, he only thinks about himself and not how his decisions affect other people. One day he happens to notice a little boy playing with his own rubber ducky, and even though he has a whole cabinet full of them, King George decides he must have that ducky. He even sends the poor boy to the battlefront to get him out of the way. If King George won't realize the harm he's doing thinking only of what he wants, what will become of the kingdom and its people?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about being selfish. How does King George's selfishness affect the kingdom? Have you ever been selfish?
Sometimes you just don't want to share. What do you do when that happens to you? What about when someone else doesn't want to share with you?
How many VeggieTales movies have you seen? Which one is your favorite? If this is the first one you've seen, what parts did you like the best?
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