A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No academic content, but there are positive lessons about being yourself and appreciating what you have.
The movie's positive lessons are that it's good to be yourself and not compare yourself to others and what they have. The religious message is that God made a special plan for each of us before we were born; He made each of us exactly as He wants us to be.
Positive Role Models
The two main characters learn a lesson about wanting what they have rather than having what they want. Their parents are seen as understanding, flexible, and loving.
Violence & Scariness
Princess's little brother, Pepper, is momentarily in danger of falling from a platform above the stage.
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Products & Purchases
VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this familiar story about look-alikes who switch identities and learn to appreciate what they have is typical VeggieTales fare. The plot, music, and characters are easy to understand, even for the smallest kids, and there's no iffy content. There is more religious content in this episode than in some others; many specific references are made to God's predetermined plan for each person and the idea that "God thinks about you all the time and thinks you're really special." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Humor, catchy/clever music, a simple story, and likable characters, make this VeggieTale movie entertaining, engaging, and easy to understand. Its messages about "being yourself" and "appreciating what we have" are closely tied to religious teachings about God's love and plan for each person.
That said, the episode is a little less than even-handed in that Princess readily learns the value of her productive and close family life on the farm, while Vanna's solitary, glamour-rich life is never really seen as desirable. It's her mother who sees the light and promises to make changes on Vanna's behalf.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.