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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that like all Big Idea productions, this story is mainly aimed at Christian families. Moses is transformed into a cowboy cucumber named Moe, whose people are terrorized by a tyrannous mayor. Most of the plagues are depicted as much-less ominous events, like a river turning red, people growing pimples, and firstborn sons being "taken" by a river. While certain images, especially of the Passover plague, might be upsetting to inquisitive children, there's nothing explicitly frightening or disturbing.
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What's the story?
In this VeggieTales adaptation of the story of Moses, cowboy Moe (Larry the Cucumber), the adopted son of the mayor's sister, learns that his "people" are actually the descendants of Little Joe who are now enslaved and forced to dig out the Grand Canyon. Moe communicates with God via his walking stick and a burning bush, and commands the mayor to let his people (or pickles, as the case may be) go. Of course the mayor doesn't listen, despite the various plagues God inflicts on Dodgeball City: the river turning red, grasshoppers swarming, pimples erupting, cattle falling dead, etc. Most of the plagues seem like nuisances until the saddest, and final one: the Passover plague of the first-borns, when dozens of baby baskets are shown floating up a river. After losing his grandson, the despondent pharaoh-like mayor frees the downtrodden veggies. And you know the rest.
Is it any good?
Richly animated and creatively conceived, MOE AND THE BIG EXIT is a humorous, kid-focused twist on an epic Exodus saga. While the biblical plot may be too complicated for some preschoolers -- and too religious for secular families -- even the youngest viewers will find reasons to dig this VeggieTale. There's even a new Silly Song, "A Mess Down in Egypt," which is a rap sung by the "Boyz in the Sink."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Moe decided to return to Dodgeball City instead of staying with his family. Was it right that all of "Little Joe's" descendants had to work building the Grand Canyon? Why is Moe called a traitor? Why didn't the mayor listen when all those bad things started happening? Christian families may want to take the opportunity to share more about the real story of the Exodus.
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