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The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – A Veggietales Movie

October 13, 2008

What Is It?

It has been years since the asparagus incarnation ofJonah hit theaters, but here is the follow up film based on side characters (sort of) from the first. Pa Grape (Phil Vischer), Larry The Cucumber (Mike Nawrocki) and Mr. Lunt (Phil Vischer) play George (Pa), Elliot (Larry) and Sedgewick (Lunt), three guys who work as bus boys at a Pirate themed dinner theater. After being fired, they find a blinking electronic ball that sends them back hundreds of years to the time of Pirates. (Luckily they happen to be dressed in their pirate costumes.) Here hey have to overcome their individual issues to follow the clues and save the Prince from the King’s evil exiled brother.

How Was It?

I went with my daughter Eowyn. We were one of three families in the theater. When I giggled at a reference to the soap opera “The Days of Our Lives” I brought the grand total of laughter up to “1 giggle”. This was a lack luster comedy where everything had the feeling of “haven’t I seen this before?” If you have a background in film (by which I mean you have seen more that 15 movies in your life) you will pretty much know what is going to happen by the end of the first 20 minutes. This flat, yet contrived, plot line is then accented by jokes that feel like the script simply said “insert obvious cultural reference here.”These references then have no joke connected with them. We are just supposed to think the irony of a kids movie quoting Pacino, in
Scarface” is funny, which unfortunately, it isn’t. Even Mr. Lunt running from a mob of living cheese curls, is just not as wacky and fun as you would expect. By the time they are running from giant rock people you just do not care.

Still there were two bright spots. During a useless montage of the pirates “not doing anything” (seriously for 2 minutes 31 seconds.. nothing) they play a new Newsboys song (Yo Ho Hero) with lyrics written and sung by Christan Music Legend: Steve Taylor! The other spark of genius comes when the credits start and are interrupted by Mr Lunt saying they forgot to show a part of the movie. The following 2 minutes is the Brilliant Veggie wackiness that we have been waiting for the entire film! (Ironically, that song clip is on the
Pirates web page! under “Video” and then “A Look Inside”)

According to IMDB.com, the script was written before Johnny Deep ever dawned a Captain’s hat. This would explain why there are none of the expected references to the Caribbean. Hold on. This film was a pirate movie by people who had done great things in the past, but a contrived plot and the ruining of great characters made it painful other than 2 really cool scenes…. maybe this IS “Pirates of the Caribbean 3!”

Is It Good For Kids?

There is nothing here that is new for the Veggies. The biggest caution would be for children too young to understand repentance and personal growth. It would be necessary to point out that the character’s attitudes through the bulk of the movie was wrong, and the right way to respond was when they repented and changed their behavior.

You can see a complete break down of what is on the screen at Screenit.com

What About Spiritual Issues?

There are references to God but there is no time with QWERTY at the end to spell it out for you. It seems to be left open for Parents and Sunday School Teachers everywhere to get to say “Do you know what that means?!”

(Spoiler)

The Father/King who does return at the end had a plan the entire time and meant to help everyone by it. The symbolism is a notch less obvious than Pilgrims Progress, but almost as silly. The antagonist of the story is the King’s evil brother. I could see where some people could twist this to be an endorsement of the Mormon theology of Satan being Jesus brother, but I do not see anyone bringing that up outside of self important religiously minded movie critics trying to over analyze a film to make you dependent on their reviews and recommendations. Ya, you know the type.

What Is Your Recommendation?

I have found that Veggie Tales is very hit or miss. They are very good at taking an existing story and packing it full of irony and gags or doing a short free form bit. They have no talent in coming up with their own story
and making it work. (Case in point: Jonah – Story taken from the Bible, Pirates – They made it up.) It would be a nice thing to support this outing, unfortunately it’s so hard to support a poorly done kids comedy. I would wait for the DVD in the hopes that the special features are funnier than the movie was. In the mean time
you can down load the MP3’s of Steve Taylor and The News Boys doing “Yo Ho Hero” and the ending Veggie song. (I mean download them legally from a site where you pay per song.)