VeggieTales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella

  • Review Date: July 31, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 50 minutes

Common Sense Media says

More religious throughout than in other Veggie adventures.
  • Review Date: July 31, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 50 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Educational in a way that will appeal to Sunday School regulars as it teaches values and quotes the Bible.

Positive messages

This is a tale about doing what is right, as opposed to doing what is accepted. There is only one main female character in the cast. Wicker has a speech impediment.

Positive role models

Minnesota Cuke's friends help him to overcome his fear of ridicule by encouraging him to have faith. Friends in this movie help each other out.

Violence & scariness

Perilous moments near the end, when characters are suspended in a cage that hangs over a ravine. Then the same characters are tied up underneath a fragile icicle. The icy roof collapses and characters barely escape.

Consumerism

VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the religious content of this movie is not limited to the beginning or end of the movie, as in other VeggieTales features. There are religious suggestions throughout, such as praying before eating chicken nuggets or mac 'n' cheese, and obeying God's instructions, no matter what anyone else thinks. There are some perilous moments that might keep youngest viewers on the edge of their seats and a moment where choosing the wrong umbrella means "curtains, you're done."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Larry the Cucumber (voiced by Mike Nawrocki) is feeling ashamed. While saying a prayer over his chicken nuggets, the kids in the next booth laugh at him. So Bob the Tomato (Phil Vischer) tells him the story of Minnesota Cuke, whose search for Noah's umbrella (not the ark, mind you) helped him have faith enough to overcome his fear of being ridiculed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Raiders of the Lost Ark seems to have been the inspiration for this addition to the Veggie Tales series. Minnesota Cuke is Indiana Jones, and Noah's Ark, the Ark of the Covenant. As usual there are clever minds at work at Big Idea Studios and there's plenty to satisfy fans of these friendly salad faves.

For those less familiar with the series, and especially those from non-Christian households, this may not be the one to start with. There are more religious messages throughout and phrases like "God promised it would, and God doesn't lie," "he obeyed God's instructions," and "God's word is for everyone"; They could use some context from Sunday school instruction and parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the perilous moments the characters found themselves in. Were kids scared or did they find the suspense much milder than TV cartoons? Read more about the impact of media violence.

  • Christian families can discuss the Bible story this is based on and read it together.

  • Religious themes can pop up in unlikely places. How does your family celebrate religion? What if your friends do not share your views?

  • Minnesota Cuke hates it when people laugh at him. Can you list three things that he can do to get over his fear of people laughing at him?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 4, 2009
Cast:Cydney Trent, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Mike Nawrocki
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:50 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written bymom25c October 3, 2009
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Really good!!!

Really good for everyone!!!
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IT ROCKED
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