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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Soundtrack



Upbeat songs, some instrumentals; doesn't inspire.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several songs discuss doing the right thing, having courage, and trying new things. ("The future's ours if we just grab it..It's only fear that will prevent us…All that we need is deep within us"). The bonus track, "Second Chances," is a Christian-themed gospel and asks for God's forgiveness ("You're feelin' pretty blue/You didn't do what God requested...You ran from God this morning and you're whale chow tonight!/but hold up!...See we're here to tell you about the forgiveness that you can get!").

Violence & scariness

Only one song with some questionable lyrics: "Whack your shipmate in the eye!/yank his hair and break his nose...Swing your shipmate promenade/smack him with a rusty blade."

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

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the soundtrack takes a cue from the VeggieTales movie, with lots of Pirate-themed instrumentals and some silly songs, there are few songs on the album that will inspire kids to "do something." The brand has a Christian bent, but religion only appears in the bonus track of the soundtrack (the song talks about asking for God's forgiveness). Other themes include overcoming fear, doing the right thing, and carpe diem.

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What's the story?

The soundtrack to the VeggieTales movie, THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING, is an upbeat set of 16 tracks, half of which are nautically styled instrumentals. Stand-out tunes include the title song and tobyMac's hip-hop/pop track "What We Gonna Do?" Overall, the songs are easy to listen to and fun; however, they appear to miss their target demographic. Tracks such as "The Right Thing" by Mandisa (finalist from American Idol) might be a bit too complex for the VeggieTales main fan base of 3- to 6-year-olds ("Doing the right thing is just too hard/but I believed those lies long enough/and I'm not gonna listen anymore").

Is it any good?


Some of the songs do seem to present the silliness that young children enjoy, such as "Yo Ho Hero" and "Jolly Joe's" (though the latter track makes some curious suggestions to young listeners -- "Whack your shipmate in the eye!/Yank his hair and break his nose..."). In the end, the album is a nice, fun listen with some very good tracks. Unfortunately, the soundtrack may leave listeners wanting more: more excitement and more inspiration.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about having the courage to try new things. The title song lists all the things that the pirates haven't done. What are they missing by choosing to sit at home and watch TV? What new things would you like to try? Also, families can discuss that it's natural to be scared to try something new. Parents and older siblings can share things they were at first scared to try.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:December 4, 2007
Label:Decca Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byDomiPink April 15, 2012

Great for the whole family!

My family LOVES this soundtrack! My 2 year old sings these songs when the CD is playing and when it's not. Her brothers (4 yrs and 10 yrs) also love the songs! Considering the message, the sounds, and the "kid-likeability", this is one soundtrack that gets an A+++ from our family!!!!!
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Adult Written byEli05 October 31, 2011

various styles of music on one CD

With the exception of track 2, my 2 year old loves this. It is music I can get into as well. I skip track 2 because it talking about whacking your shipmate in the eye with various objects such as rusty blades.
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