VeggieTales: Lyle, the Kindly Viking

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Faith-based messages about sharing are sweet and funny.
  • NR
  • 2001
  • 30 minutes

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Educational Value

The benefits of sharing. A modern-English Bible verse about sharing is shown.

Positive Messages

Mostly faith-based messages emphasize that God wants us to share our blessings. When we do what God wants, it makes us feel good about ourselves. God wants us to help not only the people who are nice to us but everyone. Secular messages reinforce the idea that sharing gets you more friends and more of what makes you truly happy, and if you help someone they might help you in return. The show closes with the usual "God made you special and loves you" sign-off.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lyle is a great model for quietly doing what he knows is right, even when it goes against his community's traditions. The other Vikings are only following their tradition of pillage and plunder, but once the benefits of sharing are demonstrated, they gladly change their ways.

Violence & Scariness

A Viking elder threatens Lyle, jumps onto Lyle's boat, destroys the sails, and sets Lyle adrift. All the main characters capsize and fall into the sea, are quickly rescued, and no one's harmed.

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Language
Consumerism

Part of a thriving franchise with lots of videos, toys, and merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VeggieTales: Lyle, the Kindly Viking is an original story from the Christian franchise and teaches kids mostly faith-based messages about sharing. Secular messages about helping and sharing are less prominent. It's mildly scary when a Viking elder threatens Lyle and sets his boat adrift, and the veggie characters are briefly in peril when their boats capsize. Lyle's a great example of someone who cheerily goes about doing what he feels is right. Silly, good-natured humor abounds.

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What's the story?

Stuffy Archibald Asparagus thinks it's time to bring some class and elegance to VeggieTales and takes over hosting duties from Bob and Larry. The first story he tells is a spoof of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which Prince Omelet learns how it makes him feel when he shares his fluffy egg preparation with his subjects. "Silly Songs with Larry" becomes "Classy Songs," but a lot of silly fun is still had. Finally, Archibald tells about Lyle, a little Viking who feels sorry about other Vikings' pillaging and plundering. So after Lyle's kinsfolk come back from their raiding, he quietly returns to the people they've harmed and gives them his share of the loot. If the other Vikings find out what he's up to, they'll surely be mad at Lyle for going against their tradition. Will that stop Lyle from doing what's right?

Is it any good?

VEGGIE TALES:  LYLE, THE KINDLY VIKING is full of the franchise's typical silly, zany humor. Kids will laugh as they learn why sharing is important. Religious reasons are stressed over secular ones, but the benefits of sharing and helping also are briefly discussed in secular terms.

The songs, lightly spoofing Gilbert and Sullivan, are funny and witty and move the story along. The audio quality gets a bit muddled with the higher voices, and it can be hard to understand their lyrics. Kids won't be bothered by these occasional lapses, though, and they'll enjoy going along on a fun, fast Viking adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why should we share with others? What does Prince Omelet learn when he shares his eggs? What can you share?

  • What might happen if you help someone out who needs it? What are some ways you like to help your family and friends?

  • How many VeggieTales movies have you seen? Which is your favorite? If this is the first one you've seen, which part did you like best?

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