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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If you stick to it, you can do it.
Positive Role Models
Like the title character in the boxing movie Rocky, the Italian Scallion is thrown by chance into the wrestling ring and demonstrates perseverance, patience, and gumption.
Violence & Scariness
About wrestling, but no violence.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the VeggieTales franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this VeggieTales movie encourages positive behavior, empathy, and self-esteem by way of musical parody and sending up popular culture. In Sumo's collection of three short animated stories, religious content is higher than usual, as one segment spotlights the biography of the Catholic saint, pious Patrick. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
VeggieTales always have something to delight both kids and parents. The script by Mike Nawrocki owes much to the cleverness of Mad magazine and the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon series of the 1960s, with cultural references that may be too arcane and retro for some young parents to get. Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado is clearly an inspiration here, as is Rocky, the ultimate movie about dignity and self-respect. Silent movies are parodied in a segment about a diligent piano mover, which recalls the myth of Sisyphus at the same time as the antics of the Three Stooges. The St. Patrick segment feels like a Bullwinkle Fractured Fairy Tale, with side reference to the 1960s TV comedy Gilligan's Island. All of this is accomplished with humor, intelligence, musical exuberance, and fun. Parents who are nonbelievers may wish to skip the St. Patrick story and can switch the movie off before the customary final Bible quote.
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