In one of their most recent videos, the VeggieTales crew addressed the theme of listening to your parents. Junior Asparagus takes on the role of Pistachio, a boy carved out of wood who has a hard time listening to his father, Gelato, a wood carver who had no children of his own (played by Larry the Cucumber). My favorite character is the return of Khalil the Caterpillar who plays Cricket, a caterpillar who isn’t a cricket (I thought it was funny). From the picture and little bit of the setting, you are correct to assume that this is a retelling of the Disney classic Pinnochio with a VeggieTales twist.
For those of you who have been fans of VeggieTales from the very beginning (Where’s God When I’m Scared), you will immediately notice something different… they remixed the introduction! The song, itself, hasn’t changed; it’s just a bit different. In addition to changing up the theme song, the VeggieTales set gets an update courtesy of a Veggie version of Extreme Makeover. Not only that… Qwerty has been updated to! Qwerty can talk and receive video emails!
It was a bit of a shock to see all the changes, but overall, I think that these are positive changes. One thing that would be really neat is for the video emails to be real ones that VeggieTales receives through one of the many social media outlets like Facebook or a blog or something like that.
As for the story in this video, I found it a bit simplistic and overly moralizing. They did clearly make the point that it is important to listen to parents even though I think it was overdone. I do give VeggieTales kudos, though, for trying to go beyond the “obvious” theme of truth-telling when it comes to the story of Pinnochio. Children will still enjoy this video. I also found it fun to see throwbacks from the Jonah movie like Khalil, the whale, and even some deja vu of being inside the belly of a whale.
Take a look at the trailer for the video below:
NOTE: This video was provided to me compliments of the generous people at David C. Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for the purpose of providing a video review. This in no way has negatively or positively biased my review. Other than the provided video, I was not compensated in any way.