I recently had the opportunity to review VeggieTales’ latest movie, MacLarry & The Stinky Cheese Battle. With a bunch of kids in the house a new video does not go amiss around here. The kids were all very happy to see a package arrive in the mail with the Big Idea logo on it.
I was glad that they said up-front that this was an imaginary story not that the talking vegetables don’t already give that away. My homeschool side would have been cringing that the Barber-barian Scotland and Rome itself were only separated by a gorge, but they let you know right away that this is a made up land… phew! This movie is full of puns for the observant. Larry’s Dad’s name is Chog Norrius I suppose that would have flown over my head if it were not for the fact that I suffered unmercifully as a child with an older brother who loved action films.
You must all be wondering what I thought of the film. Well, it isn’t like anything I have been watching with my kids lately. I’ll be honest when I pick, it is usually umm, a little more educational than VeggieTales, but that being said, if you are looking for something that is just pure, good clean fun then this is it. VeggiesTales goes for the silly, otherwise they wouldn’t have silly songs or in MacLarry’s case Silly Scottish songs. While it is probably too silly for me, it hit my kids right in the funny bone. They laughed, and giggled the whole way through. When it was over I heard them quoting lines from it afterwards! “Frosted tips…you monster!”
For the most part I find children’s programming lacking in any redeemable qualities, but VeggieTales balances good morals with silly antics. In the end children watching this are going to know that God loves them and that he made them unique. While the DVD cover says, “A Lesson in Getting Along with Others,” I found it had two lessons, yes, the Barber-barians and the Romans learn to get along, but just as importantly, Larry’s Dad accepts Larry for the unique individual that he is with his own gifts and talents.
Why not take a quick peek at the trailer…
I received a copy of the movie to review. All opinions are my own.