Imagine a world where vegetables build an ark made of wood from a fruit bearing tree, that is in the shape of a slice of that fruit, and the animals inside have an Old Testament version of Kalahari Water Resort to spend the duration of the rains and floods with Noah and his family.
Whether you can imagine it or not, your need for it stay in your mind is no more! Dreamworks Animation has delivered a new VeggieTales adventure that happens in the context of the above paragraph. The subtitle of this movie is “A Lesson in Trusting God” and you see that throughout the movie again and again.
The general story is as Shem (voiced by Wayne Brady) and his new wife Sadie (voiced by Jaci Velasquez) return from their honeymoon they come face to face with Noah’s project giant ship being built in the exact place Shem had planned to start his new life. He constantly questions the reasoning behind the plan and if he can add to the plan for the ark, but doesn’t embrace the plan from God until later in the film. This is all set on the backdrop of the general story of the ark.
There is the typical VeggieTales humor and even a silly songs piece in the middle, but generally if you’ve seen a VeggieTales movie before you know what to expect from one of their movies. Now that doesn’t mean it won’t entertain the little ones – my 2 1/2 year old has sat through the majority of it more than once.
So this movie is great for kids. It had some humorous places for adults as well, but I found it on par with most kids shows where I wasn’t engaged the whole time. No problem, as I’m not the target audience!
Some purists may have a beef with varying from the Biblical account in a few ways, but I think you may be missing the point of the story. That doesn’t make you wrong – that just may mean you won’t enjoy it.
Like I said though, if you have kids that enjoy cartoons, especially ones that enjoy VeggieTales, then this movie is a fun animated adaptation of the story in the Bible. It had some different takes on things from a VeggieTales standpoint that kept it fresh and the subtext of trusting God was a good message to hang around even after the movie stopped. I think kids will enjoy the movie and the parents will enjoy the message!
For the GIVEAWAY! Comment below what you remember most about Noah’s Ark from when you were a kid. I will let Random.org select 1 lucky commenter (or maybe it’s commentator) to win a free DVD copy of this movie that releases on Tuesday, March 3 at retailers everywhere and for digital download.
** I was provided a free copy of this movie from Grace Hill Media and Dreamworks Animation. I was asked to write a review and given a second copy of the DVD to give away. Thank you GHM and Dreamworks Animation!
*** Randomized Winner Has Been Picked (after randomizing 40 times)! Lisa Jennings was our winner! Congrats Lisa!!