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Darby disobeys his father by running away with his piggy-bank, but he eventually realizes his father loves him unconditionally. The religious message is that no matter how far you stray from God, you can always turn back to his love, like the biblical prodigal son.
Violence & Scariness
A tornado lifts up a trailer where Darby and Tutu are hiding.
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Very mild: "lousy" and "freakin.''
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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 VeggieTales DVDs are Christian-themed stories for children. While the bulk of the Veggie audience is religious, non-Christian families could also enjoy the well-animated, clever stories (but may want to fast-forward the intro and ending parts with Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, which feature a Bible verse and a "God thinks you're special" message). Their latest show is derived from The Wizard of Oz, but is essentially the parable of the prodigal son. There's nothing objectionable in the material, so even preschoolers can see it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
All of the VeggieTales DVDs are cute, but this one lacks some of the clever oomph of previous shows. And the necessity to adhere to the original Oz means the songs and score are more derivative than usual. Still, if you're cool with the message, it's hard to go wrong with this VeggieTales DVD.
VeggieTales are one of the few Christian entertainment products that cross over to mainstream audiences. Although the majority of the devoted fans are devout, the high production values, catchy songs, and sweet stories appeal to secular families too.
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