VeggieTales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's

 
Wizard of Oz spoof stands in as prodigal son tale.
  • Review Date: November 2, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 49 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Very mild: "lousy" and "freakin.''

Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

A send-up of The Wizard of Oz, this VeggieTale illustrates the biblical parable of the prodigal son. Young Darby wants to go to the Wizard of Ha's amusement park with his pet pig Tutu, but his hard-working, dental-floss farming pa doesn't want him to use piggy-bank savings on a fleeting pleasure. So, Darby rebels. Snatching his bank and pet, he heads for roller-coaster heaven. On the way, a tornado lands Darby in magical Munchee land and "fat-free" fairy Splenda shows Darby the way via the Yellow McToad (an old Scottish frog). There are no scary flying monkeys, fields of poppy, or evil green witches. But there is a scarecrow, tin man, and lion, and a desire to go home. Only in this case, Darby thinks he can't go home, because he's disobeyed and disappointed his father. But as anyone familiar with the prodigal son story knows, the father welcomes Darby home with open arms.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Darby thinks his father won't accept him. Darby could've saved all his money for the amusement park, but he helps the scarecrow, tin man, and lion instead. What does that say about how Darby was raised? Kids: Do parents only love children when they're well-behaved? Christian families may want to discuss the story of the prodigal son.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 2, 2007
DVD release date:October 2, 2007
Cast:Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Brian K. Roberts
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:49 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybdd458 November 8, 2009
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PERFECT FOR EVERYONE

Like Linnea14 said "freakin" is used as in that you are scaring me not a swear. It is a great movie I'm 13 and i love it!!!!
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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bymomanddad of O and L May 24, 2013
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Kids loved it!

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VeggieTales Wizard of Oz

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