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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strongly promotes the joys of reading and books. Presents some aspects of life in England at the turn of the 20th century.
Secular messages: everyone deserves kindness, books offer wonderful adventures, there's much to be thankful for even when life is hard, and "a servant on the outside can be a princess on the inside." The story's basic religious message is repeated throughout in a variety of ways: The ability to love others and be kind to everyone comes from the knowledge that "God loves us no matter what and is with us always."
Positive Role Models
Young Sara Crewe is reliably cheerful, kind to everyone, generous even when she has almost nothing for herself, and refuses to lose sight of the beauties and gifts that life offers. In her bleakest moments, she turns to God for courage and solace and reminds herself never to give up. The one villain in the story -- a cold-hearted, insincere headmistress -- faces the consequences of her behavior.
Violence & Scariness
The main character loses a parent and is treated poorly.
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Products & Purchases
VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, as in the source material (A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett), the lovable young heroine of VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess suffers the loss of a devoted parent and a radical change from the life of luxury and comfort she's known. But what could have been a sad, disheartening story isn't; the good-natured little girl relies on her faith, and all turns out well. The story, which will appeal to little kids most of all but isn't without charm for older ones and their parents, has many sound, well-illustrated messages and is more closely tied to religious teachings than some other VeggieTales offerings. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Once again the VeggieTales folks have updated a classic with bright characters, wit, delightful music, and the standard fidelity to positive values and religious fundamentals. Sara Crewe and the entourage she meets in England -- which include some hilarious Frenchmen and an endearing Cockney-voiced servant girl -- make the messages in VEGGIETALES: THE PENNILESS PRINCESS go down easily. Girls especially will warm to this little princess.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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