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"What Kind of B Movie Am I In?",
This review is from: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Veggie Tales Movie [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Imagine a world where vegetables sail the seven seas and the most fearsome pirate is the one with arms and legs, albeit mechanical arms and legs. That's the world of the new VeggieTales release. And it's a full length film.
The movie opens in the 17th century. We are on a ship that is being captured by pirates. While brave Prince Alexander tries to fight them off, he is ultimate captured. Unfortunately, the pirates are being led by Robert the Terrible. Not only is he the king's banished brother, but he has also used mechanics to create arms and legs (well, one leg and one peg leg), making him the most fearsome pirate around. The one thing he wants most is his brother's throne, and he intends to use the prince and princess to get it.
Unfortunately for him, Princess Eloise and the butler Willory (Archibald Asparagus) have escaped capture. And they use a contraption the King has created to send a plea for help.
Fast forward to the present day. At the Pieces of Ate Dinner Theater we meet Elliot, Sedgwick, and George (Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt, and Pa Grape.) They work as Cabin Boys (waiters), but long to be in the show. Unfortunately, Elliot has a list of things he is afraid of, Sedgwick is just plain lazy, and George lacks self-confidence.
And these three misfits are the ones the plea for help finds. Before they really know what is happening, they find themselves on board the ship with Willory and Princess Eloise on a quest to rescue Prince Alexander. Can they become heroes to complete the quest? Or will their flaws spell doom for everyone?
Aside from the characters I mentioned, most of the main characters are new. But keep an eye open for blink and you'll miss then cameos from many of the regulars, including Bob the Tomato. Also look for the appearance of the Grape family. I guess they aren't gone for good.
This movie really is a tale of two halves. I found the first half slow and predictable as it set things up. While the second half was still predictable, this is where the fun really started. The jokes came much faster and really hit their target.
This is also the least overt Christian film from the Veggies. There is still a clear moral about what it takes to be a hero and there is a strong allegory to things (although don't take it too far or you'll wind up with very, very bad theology.)
As you would expect, this move is 100% kid friendly. The fearsome pirates drink Root Beer and Ginger Ale. Their sword fights never produce a single wound. Frankly, I got quite a kick out of this.
In keeping with the Veggie's roots, this isn't the top notch animation you would normally see. But it is keeping with their last few efforts, so long time fans will know what to expect.
This is not the best effort from VeggieTales, but it is fun and the franchise's many fans will certainly enjoy it.