Bob the Tomato and Dad Asparagus are taking a group of kids to a concert. When they're waylaid by porcupines, they find themselves waiting at an unusual restaurant. There, they meet the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. Sensing that the group needs a lesson, they proceed to tell the story about the one time they did do something.
Seems a number of years ago, they met up with the prophet Jonah. When he didn't want to follow an assignment from God, he tries to run away on their boat. But will God let him off the hook that easily?
Once again, the guys at Big Idea have created a wonderful film that everyone can enjoy. Heck, I saw it twice in the theater myself. They stick pretty close to the Biblical story while still throwing in the silliness that we've come to expect. While one or two parts may appear over the top, they work for this movie aimed at pre-school kids. Especially effective in getting their message across is the ending. By including the entire Biblical story, they make an excellent point about compassion and mercy that we all need to remember. Their animation, while not up to the bigger budget of Pixar, is the best I've ever seen them do. The water shots are amazing all by themselves. They've certainly come a long way from their first video.
This DVD set is loaded with lots of fun things beside the movie. The first disc features the movie in wide and full screens. Full screen is the default on this disc, but it's easy enough to go into the menu and change it. This disc also features three audio commentaries. Phil and Mike do their usual entertaining job of giving insight into the making of the film. The second commentary from producer Ameake Owens and director of animation Marc Vulcano is just as enlightening. Of course, the third commentary, from Larry the Cucumber and Mr. Lunt, tells us the real story of what happened in the making of this film.
The second disc gets into all kinds of bonus features on the making of the film. Everything is covered from conception to rendering to music. While I have a fairly good idea what goes into something like this, they approached it in a different way that shed new light on it for me. They also have some hilarious features. I was rolling at the outtakes, and the Easter Eggs are well worth finding. They also include the videos and some (but surprisingly not all) of the animation for the Jonah sing along video that came out before the movie.
If you're familiar with past VeggieTales, you'll love this DVD set. It's got another great episode and all the behind the scenes information you could want. You'll enjoy the full 84 minutes.