VeggieTales: MacLarry & The Stinky Cheese Battle

  • Review Date: July 30, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Two funny clans prank each other in faith-based comedy.
  • Review Date: July 30, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Very simple introduction to some scientific concepts -- levers, counterweights, bridges, the inventions of Archimedes -- and to certain cultural aspects of Scotland  -- bagpipes, kilts, a Scottish brogue.

Positive messages

Celebrates the value of different talents and abilities. Each person is special and has gifts that should be appreciated. Differences are good -- they shouldn't divide us, but bring us together. In difficult times, everyone must work together to resolve problems.

Positive role models

MacLarry finds courage, confidence, and self-acceptance on this adventure. The heroic veggie initially feels left out and less capable than his peers, but he is able to use his talents for invention and problem-solving to save the day. The leaders of the two opposing sides in the Battle learn lessons about teamwork, respect for others, and maintaining peace. Comic caricatures of Scottish and ancient Roman warriors. No major female characters.

Violence & scariness

The cucumber-hero is captured by the opposition and put into a cage from which he easily escapes. The battles in this episode are pranks; the weapons are water balloons, cream pies, and stinky cheese. A turnip truck careens across a valley.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The Veggies use Febreze, which is referenced but not seen, to ward off the effects of the stinky cheese.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the battles in MacLarry & The Stinky Cheese Battle are restricted to pranks perpetrated by comic Scottish and Roman warriors. The weapons of two warring clans are cream pies, water balloons, smelly cheese, and bad haircuts. MacLarry includes lots of positive messages about fitting in and the value of individual talents and abilities. These concepts are clearly explained and relatable even for very young kids. This entry in the faith-based VeggieTales franchise is less overtly religious than many others, though the the usual biblical reference and message at the conclusion of the tale are intact.

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What's the story?

In musical adventure MACLARRY & THE STINKY CHEESE BATTLE, MacLarry (played by Larry the Cucumber) tries hard to be a warrior, but he doesn't quite fit in. Poor MacLarry can't seem to prank with the rest of his Scottish clan in their continuing feud with the Romans. He's much better at inventing things and figuring things out than he is at giving the enemies bad haircuts and making mischief. What's more, he's a big disappointment to his dad, Chognorius, the leader of the Scottish \"Barber-Barians.\" However, when the clan decides to launch the Cheese of Attila at the Romans -- a very smelly cheese that will make them stink forever, MacLarry realizes that he, too, has an important part to play. Even the Romans are in awe of him. And when everyone is in grave aromatic danger, it's up to MacLarry to save them all.

Is it any good?

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Sparkling dialogue, a funny story, and typical clever VeggieTales musical numbers combine with relevant messages about individual differences, talents, and fitting in to make this Scottish spoof one of the most delightful of the franchise's entries.

This adventure is not as overtly religious as some VeggieTales; in fact, except for one mention of God in the tale itself, the only faith-based reference comes after the story has concluded when the biblical verse in support of the theme is noted. The inclusion of female characters would have made this story more inclusive.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the "specialness" in members of their own family unit. In what ways does each person contribute in your home? How do you find your own strengths and talents?

  • Talk about pranking. What kind of pranks are okay and what kind are not? How do you tell the difference?

  • Find out more about Scotland. Where is it? Who lives there? Why is it special? 

Movie details

DVD release date:July 30, 2013
Cast:Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Mike Nawrocki
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 16 years old Written byLordoftheRings1997 August 13, 2013
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Two Thumbs up after Several Disappointing Episodes!

I have not been impressed with most of the recent Veggie Tales films, but this one was amazing! Funny, exciting, and great messages for young people.
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