VeggieTales: Sweetpea Beauty

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
VeggieTales: Sweetpea Beauty Movie Poster Image
Fairy tales about beauty get a religious makeover.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 50 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Lots of fun and clever rhymes that will engage young viewer's creativity. Best for the Sunday school set.

Positive Messages

Characters who are obsessed with beauty learn lessons about what inner beauty means. Religious context does provide a framework for these fairy tales -- God is called "Father" and is referred to as "Him." Sweetpea reads from Proverbs in the Bible.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The King in the Snoodlerella story tells Snoodlerella that she is beautiful on the inside and that he values her no matter what.

Violence & Scariness

The queen wants to banish Sweetpea Beauty. The magic mirror tries to destroy the castle and throws rocks at other characters. Mirror falls to his death from a great height.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The Queen gives Sweetpea Beauty a drink intended to make her sleep.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that like other VeggieTales features, this movie has religious overtones. Sweetpea Beauty says: "My father taught me that God gave everything a purpose, but we can only see it if we look deeper than the way something, or someone, looks on the outside." These lessons might not be a fit for families who are not very religious.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written bycmomom April 16, 2011
Parent of a 1 and 3 year old Written bymamarv December 8, 2011

talks about negative self image

This movie suggests that there might be a reason to not like the way you look. for our confident 3yo, that's just a concept i didn't want to introduce... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 December 6, 2010

awesome!!!

Who doesn't love VeggieTales? It's great! There are great messages even for kids (unlike me) who aren't Christians.

What's the story?

There are two tales in this movie that have to do with finding inner beauty. "Snoodlerella" is a play on the Cinderella tale, where an awkward-looking Snoodlerella finds her inner worth with the help of a King. "Sweetpea Beauty" teaches the Queen that beauty comes from the inside, because "God whispers that you're beautiful."

Is it any good?

Fans of the VeggieTales series will appreciate that this movie focuses on girls, as opposed to the other more male-centered features. The focus on concepts of beauty and worth provide a message that swings to the tune of God loving all of "His creations."

Infusing fairy tales with a religious theme is a clever concept, which Christian viewers will appreciate. Though the idea of valuing inner beauty is a refreshing theme, non-religious viewers might find the references to God a bit heavy-handed. But the light-hearted rhymes and clever jokes make this movie fun for fans of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty -- plus the Seven Dwarfs, characterized by seven bouncing peas -- sure are adorable!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this movie discusses God and "His creations."  How do you imagine God? Do you agree that God is a he?

  • How do messages in the media affect young girls? Here are some tips about how to talk to girls about body image.

Movie details

For kids who love princesses

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