A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No academic content, but a series of messages about the importance of listening to those who love you the most.
The focus is on the value of listening and following instructions. In one story, the emphasis is on listening to parents because "they're older, wiser, and want what's best for us." The second tale is about listening to God because "He loves us, wants what's best for us, and is much, much wiser." Finally, Larry the Cucumber discovers that following instructions and/or getting help from friends is better than assuming we already know everything there is to know.
Positive Role Models
Initially, characters either think they don't have to listen, that they know what's best, or that they have nothing to learn. In all cases, they are shown the error of their ways and come to appreciate the importance of listening to those who have their best interests at heart. A parent is portrayed as caring, wise, and willing to sacrifice for his son.
Violence & Scariness
In Pistachio, some scary music plays as Pistachio and his father are caught in a storm at sea and swallowed by a very big fish; a canon vaults Pistachio into the ocean. Some tricksters cheat Pistachio out of his gold coins. In "Josh and the Big Wall," soldiers dump slushies onto the heads of the Israelites as they march around the Wall of Jericho.
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Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 70-minute DVD is made up of one brief musical story and two classic VeggieTales. Like all Veggie Tales these stories are based on Christian beliefs and principles, though only one of the three stories explicitly mentions God. This collection is oriented around the message that kids should listen to those who know more than them. Some mildly scary music accompanies characters caught in a storm at sea and swallowed by a very big fish. In one of the features, a Pinocchio-like character is enticed into disobeying his father by tricksters and gets into lots of trouble. In Josh and The Big Wall the Israelites are pelted with slushies as they attempt to make their way to the Promised Land. In the end, everyone learns from his mistakes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Pistachio and Josh and the Big Wall are creative, enjoyable, and present lots of positive messages about the importance of listening to others that even the youngest kids will understand. Pistachio is less overtly religious than Josh and focuses on the parent-child relationship. Josh's orders come directly from God and his messenger.
In the packaging of this DVD, it appears that "Larry Learns to Listen" is a full feature, combined with two classic stories. In fact, the one musical tale is less than five minutes long and the re-releases are approximately 30 minutes each.
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