VeggieTales: 'Twas the Night Before Easter

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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More scriptural content than some other VeggieTales.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 47 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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

Educational Value

Introduces the idea of a "homeless shelter" and describes some of the people it serves. Serves as a complement to religious instruction.

Positive Messages

Many positive messages, including that we can earn forgiveness by admitting our mistakes and setting things right. Several religious messages: the purpose of church is not to impress but to serve, and the importance of Easter is remembering that Jesus came to serve mankind and gave his life to save many. There's also some subtle messaging that some might interpret as being anti-art.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No villains here. Everyone is well-intentioned, if sometimes misguided. And even the misguided among the Veggies do learn lessons about values and behavior.

Violence & Scariness

During a play's finale, the theater collapses and turns to rubble; no injuries. A speeding bus, trying to make it to church before sunrise, encounters many threatening obstacles on the road, but everything turns out fine.

Sexy Stuff

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this VeggieTales DVD -- one in a series of animated children's stories based on Christian beliefs -- is more explicitly religious than some other VeggieTales titles. Religious messages and scriptural quotations appear throughout the story. There are a few suspenseful moments -- for example, a rollicking race on a robot-pulled bus to get to church before sunrise on Easter and a building's collapse at the end of a musical show -- but nothing is scary, and no one is injured. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEli05 October 31, 2012

A big favorite in our house!

My daughter loves this movie. She watches it all year round and it teaches great lesson.
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byAmyLieu April 6, 2012

Not the best for the Easter message, but a good cartoon show

I love all veggietales, some are better than others. I am not in love with this Easter one, I like the prior Easter for the message. But my 4 year old son LOV... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad October 20, 2012

Phil Vischer does it again!

This movie has a great message for kids about what Easter is REALLY about!

What's the story?

TV reporter Marlee Meade (played by "Petunia Rhubarb") quits her job because she wants to give more to the world and help others. Her quest to save an old theater and put on a musical show called Up with Bunnies finds her in competition for talent and time with the local church and its upcoming Easter sunrise service. Marlee's misadventures and stop-at-nothing attitude get her in big trouble and teach her important lessons about honesty, how to truly help others, and the real meaning of Easter.

Is it any good?

In usual entertaining VeggieTales fashion, 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER combines upbeat musical numbers and a simple story with positive messages and Christian values. And there's always some pop culture parodies for the grown-ups -- in this case, a reality TV show called America's Got British Judges and a visit to a Broadway-style musical. And Melinda Doolittle, a talented American Idol finalist, lends a thrilling gospel sound to celebrate an Easter beyond egg hunts and chocolate bunnies.

While all VeggieTales movies include faith-oriented content, in this instance, the film contains frequent and specific biblical messages to encourage and strengthen the faith of the very young. Though some viewers may disagree when a young theater fan who believes that "theater has the power to give people a vision of something bigger and more important in life" is shown the error of her ways and learns that what is truly important is serving others, Jesus, and the church.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about holidays. Why do people sometimes overlook the true meaning of holidays and focus on more superficial elements? What are some different ways that families celebrate the same holidays?

  • What is the purpose of the VeggieTales series? Do movies or TV shows have to appeal to a broad range of audiences, or is it OK to target a specific group of people?

  • Talk about some of the messages in this movie. Which resonate with you most, and why?

  • One message the movie seems to express is that the theater (and perhaps the arts in general), aren't as powerful or as important as one character initially thought. What do you think about the role of the arts in our lives? What do you think the filmmakers were trying to say with this plot element?

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