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A few months ago, we started a family tradition of doing a weekly movie night on Saturdays with our pizza. We usually alternate between letting our 7year old (boy) and 5year old (girl) choose the movie. It’s been a revival of old classics that we already had in our collection for the most part. It’s been a fun new tradition and quality family time.
Recently we’ve begun letting them pick movies from the library. Sometimes they pick ones we’ve seen or classics we don’t yet own. A few weeks ago we picked out a modern Disney cartoon that my husband and I had seen when it came out. We hadn’t seen it in years but figured it was in the kids’ section it would be fine. Boy, we were so wrong! The kids didn’t even make it halfway through before there were tears and crying and we had to turn it off for being “too scary” For our kids, I think the family and social issues that were highlighted in the film, something they are blessedly unfamiliar with, was just as scary as the aliens.
Little Reviews: VeggieTales
We were so thrilled that the following week this showed up in our mailbox:
VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men
We breathed a sigh of relief knowing that we could show this, without pre-viewing it and know that it will be a fun and entertaining movie for our whole family. We have been longtime fans of VeggieTales not just for its wholesome entertainment and values-based message but because it’s fun and quirky for the whole family. We have joked that VeggieTales never works as a “keep the kids entertained” distraction because we always end up watching it with them!
The story, like most of the VeggieTales movies, is a parody of the classic Robin Hood. The Synopsis from BigIdea:
A long time ago, in the faraway town of Bethlingham, roved a band of merry men, led by the fearless Robin Good. Their mission: to help people by fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s friends take off and decide to give robbing from the rich a try. Feeling rejected, Robin thinks things can’t get any worse until he finds out that the ham-hoarding Prince has also captured his friends. Can Robin overcome his own hurt, rescue his friends, and restore the townspeople’s hope? Find out in this fun Veggie story where kids learn that there’s no hurt too big for God!
Our whole family enjoyed both the full-length and the short Lenny & the Lost Birthday, which was perfectly timed since the kids had just talked about the leap year/day in school.
The Kids review:
My seven-year-old Liked the giants.
I loved the King of ham and all the songs about ham and bacon because, yum!
“I like all the good guys but not the bad guys.” (mom explanation- I think he liked that there was no confusion over who was good and who was bad, he likes things to be black and white)
The five-year-old liked all the songs, especially the silly ones, like about Bacon!
So there you have it, friends. Apparently, bacon makes movies fun for my kids! Ha!
In all seriousness, we loved this movie, as we have loved all VeggieTales movies. The DVD and related products, including new VeggieTales band-aids, are in stores now, just in time for Easter Baskets!
Do you do a family movie night? Do you pre-view movies? Do you have a go-to “safe” movie like VeggieTales you rely on?
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