A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A very loose introduction to the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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