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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the central theme of VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables is handling fear and putting trust in God in order to overcome that fear. As always the faith-based VeggieTales franchise is directed at very young viewers. This time, however, there is more cartoon action than in most of the other features. The action is stylistically simple and comic, and the villains (pretty silly-looking penguins and a wild-haired scientist) are never truly scary. The heroes are zapped, frozen, captured, and fight a final battle in which a giant robot penguin (which looks more like a parade balloon than a scoundrel) threatens a town. Some spooky music, tumbles, alarm sounds, and superhero activity add to the mild mayhem.
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What's the story?
Poor Junior Asparagus, he's scared of lots of things -- a perfect target for the power-hungry Dr. Flurry who wants to rule over Bumblyburg. When the villain sends his penguin henchmen to the town's Science Museum to steal the "Fear Gar" -- a weapon that helps identify a target's worst fear and then use it against him or her -- the Veggies call upon local superheroes, The League of Incredible Vegetables, hoping they can rescue Bumblyburg. It's too little, too late, however -- Dr. Flurry and the Fear Gar quickly capture "S-Cape," "Vogue," and "Thingamabob" and render their powers useless. Now it's only Junior, newly-dubbed superhero "Richochet," who can win the day. But can Junior overcome his many fears? After Junior's supersuit is ruined, can Larryboy help the young hero find the faith to soldier on without it? Will God truly be there in Bumblyburg's hour of need?
Is it any good?
Brightness, optimism, catchy music, silly songs, and instructive, faith-based messages presented in a simple, relatable way are trademarks of the VeggieTales franchise. The Big Idea family doesn't stop there, however. For older kids and for parents there are funny cultural references and often familiar stories with a twist. This entry is fairly typical though the introduction of "superhero" Veggies means there's lots of cartoon action.
And though there is less religious content in this episode than some, the characters' growth and the story's resolution both depend upon putting trust in God and realizing that "God is bigger than anything that scares you." Music by The Newsboys is an added feature.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what frightens us. How do we know the difference between what's really scary and what we imagine?
A Veggie says, "If I had a supersuit, I'd never be afraid." Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
Everyone is afraid some of the time; it's part of being human. Why is it helpful to know that?
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