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VeggieTales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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."
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?
Raiders of the Lost Ark seems to have been the inspiration for this engaging 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.
Talk to your kids 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?