Reviewed by: Dymphna Meeds
|Featuring:||Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Tim Hodge, Megan Murphy, Andy Youssi, Colleen Curtis, John Wahba|
“They wanted to be heroes. After all… how hard can it be?”
“I can’t be a hero! I am not brave, strong, handsome, or smart! So what can I do?”
This question is frequently asked by the three cabin boy misfits; George (otherwise known as Pa Grape), Elliot (Larry), and Sedgewick (Mr. Lunt). Though all three dream of being in the pirate show instead of being wimpy cabin boys, each of them struggle with different problems that thwart their becoming stars. George is very under-confident; even his own children think the lead in the play is cooler than him. Elliot struggles with his timidness and doesn't want to get out of his own personal bubble. And Sedgewick just wants to lounge around all day and eat cheese curds!
Finally, after a huge mistake ends up getting the three fired, Elliot finds a little golden ball, the help seeker. Swiftly, they are swept back in time to a great adventure, including a captured prince, a frightening pirate, rock monsters, cheese curds, mirages and a loving king.
From an enjoyment point of view: This movie was funny, but not the funniest Veggie Tales ever. But it was still very fun. It had a few references to other movies, like Veggie Tales are famous for, but they weren't nearly as easy to ge,t and there weren't as many. Also, I was really hoping to see some jokes about, or references to, ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ and was disappointed to find none whatsoever. Also, there were barely any songs! That's a first! But, overall, it kept me smiling/laughing throughout.
Positives: The main theme of this movie is heroes and what it takes to be one. George, Elliot, and Sedgewick all want to be heroes, but are too under-confident, scared, or lazy to work hard to be one. In the end, they all conquer their weaknesses and become true heroes.
George wants to be great, but doesn't believe he can be anything but a loser. Throughout his journey, George grows to see that he is a great person and begins to believe in himself.
Also, George is a great example. Of all the “pirates who don't do anything,” George is the most kind-hearted and willing to help. When the other pirates are lounging around, George helps the princess and butler do chores. He is also the first one to really try to be a hero. At the end when everyone is trapped by the pirate, George says, “I may not be a hero, but I can still do the right thing and be good!”
George also learns that the reason his children don't look up to him is because he isn't a good role model. And rather than feeling bad for himself, he decides to change.
Elliot is afraid to follow his dreams and be the wonderful person he could be. Instead, he lets himself be a second-best version of himself, never allowing himself to reach out to his own greatness. Later on, through the journey, Elliot learns to face his fears and stand up for himself. After he meets the king, he learns to stand strong and brave. He is also the second pirate who decides to help the princess and prince.
Sedgewick just wants to lounge around and do nothing. He just expects fame to fall into his lap. When he deserts George and Elliot for cheese curds, Sedgewick learns, in a very (and I mean VERY) tough way, that laziness isn't the way.
The pirates, princess, and prince are all willing to give their lives for each other and the king.
And speaking of the king, wow! He is all loving, all knowing, he makes no mistakes, etc. Remind you of someone? Anything that had to do with the king is just amazing! Also, they talk about not knowing when he was going to return. He is always there for all the characters, sometimes helping them through things, such as a crab, a blind man, a donkey, a lever, etc.
There is also a lesson about choices and free will in this movie. George and Elliot are given the chance to go home, but they choose to go on with their journey. George and Elliot learn to trust the rock giants, even though they are very afraid.
At the end, the pirates are told what true heroes are. The King says, “Hero's aren't the ones who are the bravest, smartest, strongest, or best looking. Heroes are the ones who do the right thing, the good thing.”
Possible negatives for some kids: This movie seemed darker than any other Veggie Tales, so be ready. This is a pirate movie, so be prepared for many sword fights, cannon balls, ships blowing up, scary-looking veggies, boats crashing, LOTS of suspense, people being captured, people being threatened to die, swords at veggies’ throats, a person is knocked off a boat, things (like swords) being thrown around, jumping/falling off large heights, big rock monsters, and a whirlpool.
The most scary parts are when the mechanical sea monster eats Elliot (he is okay, of course), and the cheese curds chase Sedgewick and try to eat him. Robert has things fall on him several time, and once his head falls off.
Several times George is called a loser.
Sedgewick provides a few very mild bathroom jokes.
Overall, this movie is no more scary than any Disney or Pixar film! It contains lots of family fun and a wonderful message. Though it could have been better, Big Ideas studio has made another wonderful film!
Violence: Mild / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None
For further information, see our Christian Film News article (November 2007).
Also, see our review of the previous VeggieTales theatrical release, Jonah—A VeggieTales Movie (2002).