A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Introduces the idea of a "homeless shelter" and describes some of the people it serves. Serves as a complement to religious instruction.
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
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.
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Products & Purchases
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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