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VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men

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Faith-based parody about helping others and handling hurt.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 50 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

A very loose introduction to the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

Positive messages

This film promotes charity ("fundraising") when people are hungry, saying that by helping provide for the less fortunate, you can change the way they live. The story's basic intent is to encourage children to turn to faith when hurt or troubled. "It helps to remember how much God loves us and how special we are to him, and because of that we can have hope that things will get better."

Positive role models

Robin Good is heroic and honest throughout, even when tempted to steal to reach his goal. The Veggies who do resort to theft learn that it's never a desirable solution to a problem. The actor voicing Prince John -- the power-hungry, selfish villain -- uses a dialect based on African-American stereotypes.

Violence & scariness

Mild cartoon action only; no one is hurt. A few suspenseful moments when Robin Good and the townspeople are frightened by harmless-looking giants in the forest and threatened with being tossed in the Dungeon of Despair. In battles between the Merry Men and the palace guards, the weapons are toilet plungers shot from bows and hams ("ham-unition") thrown at villains. Robin is chased by guards and escapes.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is another VeggieTales spoof focused on providing children with faith-based answers to common problems. Unlike some of the other VeggieTales, this one refers only to God, with no mention of Jesus Christ. There are a few cartoon action sequences (the weapons are toilet plungers and hams) that include battles with mildly threatening giants and a buffoonish villain -- the legendary Prince John with his palace guards. The main villain speaks in a stereotype-based dialect. Also on the DVD is "Bubble Wrap," another entry on the VeggieTale Silly Song list, and a short film, Lenny and the Lost Birthday, which is also about dealing with hurt feelings.  

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What's the story?

Times are hard and money is scarce in merry old Bethlingham. Robin Good and his men live nearby in Sherwood Forest, their mission to "fundraise" from the rich and give food (hams) to the poor. But the evil Prince John is never satisfied. He wants all the hams! The Merry Men won't listen to Robin, their honest leader, and decide to steal the hams back. Robin feels alone and unappreciated, and he questions the value of his own honesty. Things get even worse when his well-intentioned but thieving friends are captured by palace guards. It truly seems as if all is lost. It's up to Robin to find a way past his hurt and save both the Merry Men and the townspeople.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Filled with familiar characters, humorous predicaments, and clever melodies, this is typical VeggieTales fare. The message -- that each person is special and God is standing by to help in any situation -- is heard frequently. The affirmation, that "things will get better, I promise they will," is optimistic and comforting.

And ultimately, it's the more confident Robin, with renewed faith, who gathers and motivates the others to help him rescue themselves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Robin and his Merry Men try to help the poorer citizens of the town. What does charity (or "fundraising") mean, and how have you seen examples of that in your home or community?

  • It seems as though everyone has a bad day sometimes. What or who has helped you through difficult times?

  • Prince John seems to have all that money and power could buy, but he still isn't satisfied. What else besides money might make him happy? What kinds of things make you happiest?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:March 6, 2012
Cast:Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Brian K. Roberts
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:50 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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