VeggieTales: Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn't

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
VeggieTales: Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn't Movie Poster Image
Funny Pinocchio spoof teaches kids to listen to parents.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 50 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Pistachio learns that doing whatever he feels like can lead to trouble. He learns that even though it may not always make sense, his father Gelato's advice and commands are all issued out of love. Gelato only has Pistachio's best interests at heart.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pistachio starts off with an attitude, questioning his father's wishes, but eventually learns that his father has his best interests at heart; in one scene he proves his newfound responsibility, trust, loyalty.

Violence & Scariness

Some mean characters try to cheat Pistachio out of his gold coins. A whale swallows Pistachio and his father. During a "musical interlude," a stapler jumps up and snarls at the audience.

Sexy Stuff

During the "Office Supplies" musical number, the male and female singers cuddle a bit.

Language
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VeggieTales is a series of animated movies and TV shows for kids based on Christian beliefs. This VeggieTales DVD is inspired by Ephesians 6:1-3, or "honor your father and mother." The DVD contains some very mild scary situations and some humorous product placement, but otherwise it's fine for preschoolers. Happily, the humor is often geared toward adults so that families can enjoy together. Non-Christians are invited too; the Bible quote comes only in the epilogue, and otherwise, the religious aspect is not discussed in the story itself.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCucumberInTheSkillet October 20, 2011

TEENS & ADULTS LOVE it MORE!!

Has to be my FAVORITE VeggieTale...even though it isn't one of the old, classic 30min ones I grew up watching...the adults and teens laughed so hard while... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian_girl March 10, 2010

Maybe the best Veggietales yet!

I've loved Veggietales since I was 3 years old. I've got every one of their movies sitting on my shelf. There are none of those "hidden dirty jok... Continue reading

What's the story?

Kindly but lonely old Gelato receives an enchanted chunk of pistachio tree wood. With it, he carves a boy named "Pistachio," who promptly comes to life. Pistachio immediately ignores his father's advice, lies, and goes out into the world by himself, where a couple of swindlers try to cheat Pistachio out of his money. Pistachio learns his lesson, but too late; his father has been swallowed by a whale! Will Pistachio and his little friend Cricket the caterpillar ever find Gelato again, and if they do, will Pistachio learn to listen?

Is it any good?

Though the "listen to your father" message may come on a bit strong for parents, this is actually a charming, funny DVD with good animated production values and some cute songs. A good portion of the humor is geared toward an adult level, including a hilarious parody of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and a musical number called "Where Have All the Staplers Gone?" Those already familiar with the Pinocchio story will get an extra kick out of the parody aspect.

While the songs are short and catchy, they can be a little too obvious on the "honor your father and mother" lesson. (However, all religious references and Bible quotes are saved until the epilogue.) Interestingly, one of the main themes of Pinocchio is learning to tell the truth, and this DVD doesn't really exploit this theme.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of honoring their mother and father. What does this mean? Will listening to a parent's wisdom, advice, and commands make someone a better or smarter person?

  • At what age is it OK for children not to listen to their father (or mother's) advice?

  • Is it hard for kids to believe that their parents may have things to teach them? Did you always feel that way?

Movie details

For kids who love nutty characters and learning

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