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What 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?
Sparkling dialogue, a funny story, and typical clever VeggieTales musical numbers combine with relevant messages about individual differences, talents, and fitting in. It makes 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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