Monday, February 18, 2008

These Pirates Really Don't Do Anything

Lindsey and I went to see the newest Veggie Tales movie tonight called The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. I hadn't heard much, if anything, about this movie, but I am well familiar with the Veggie Tales franchise and knew pretty much what to expect.

The movie was cute, as most Veggie Tales material is, and it had a nice message about finding your inner hero. However, to my surprise, God was not mentioned at all in the movie. Rather, there was a king figure that said he was always with them, showing them the way. I suppose he was symbolic of God, but if this representation was a stretch for me, I am certain that not one kid figured it out.

Now, I am not one who dislikes secular media as a general rule and I certainly don't feel that every movie has to have an overt Christian message. But I expected it from Veggie Tales and was disappointed to find it missing. Has Veggie Tales sold out in an effort to be more broadly appealing? I sure hope not.

Is it just me, or did anyone else notice this omission?


Karen E. said...

I took my kids last week and felt the same way. I think some of their recent stuff has gotten more secular in an attempt to rope in a larger audience, but it disappointed me.

ashlyn said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I would have expected God to be prominent in a Veggie Tales movie. I guess this is more like the cartoo n on network television and has been 'made suitable for a wider audience.'

Maude said...

I think this must be related to Big Idea being bought out after their movie "Jonah" went belly-up. I would imagine they're under restrictions as to what they can and cannot mention now. Just a guess, though.

My boys really liked the movie. I, too, liked the message it sent, but I think it will be a long time before my kiddos understand all the imagery. To them it's just a cool pirate movie. I'm actually okay with that. I would have loved it if God played a more prominent role in the movie, but even so, I'd rather have them watching this than Saturday morning cartoons.

One thing I didn't like was the cheese curl scene. Yikes! My two year old was on my lap and begging to be taken out of the theater. It was creepy!

Michelle said...

I considered it "Veggie Tales goes Mainstream." It's a good message, but isn't "preachy." {I like Veggie Tales, and don't think they're preachy, but I think some people might feel that way.)