I’m not sure if it was bravery or stupidity, but the family Bash ventured forth today to experience the wonder that is “Jonah – A Veggie Tales Movie.” We (Mrs. Bash, me, Bashette, and DESTRUCTOR THE MIGHTY~! aka Lil Bash) decided that today would be the day where we would attempt to view an actual movie in an actual theater instead of waiting for it to come out on video. Despite the fact that we live in what I like to call the belt buckle of the Bible belt, two of the largest Christian publishers in the world are about 30 minutes north of here, we weren’t sure if Jonah would be here much longer so we decided to try it today. So, since we actually did something that might be of interest to others, I thought I’d steal a page from all of the other people here at Wienerville and write a brief report of our experience at Jonah.
After appropriate napping, bathing, feeding, and a substantial round of prayer, we embarked in the statutory grape minivan for our local mega-theater and Jonah. Upon arrival at the theater, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that 5:30 qualifies as a matinee showing and that DESTRUCTOR THE MIGHTY~! got in free due to his lack of age. Once in the theater, we were again pleasantly surprised at how nice the theater was and with the fact that it was very child friendly although DESTRUCTOR THE MIGHTY~! doesn’t weigh enough to keep a seat folded down. As expected, given the rating and theme of the movie, the rest of the audience was comprised of families with young children. However, in yet another incredibly happy-making surprise, it was very quiet except for some appropriate audience response and DESTRUCTOR THE MIGHTY~!.
As for the movie, the best way to start a discussion is to say that if you know and like Veggie Tales, you’ll like this movie. If you aren’t familiar with Veggie Tales, I could be rude and ask what planet you’re from but I do, barely, remember a time when I didn’t have children and so wasn’t up on what was hip and happening among the toddler set so I’ll just suggest you check out the Big Ideas website for more information on everyone’s favorite vegetables. The animation in this movie is the best that Big Ideas has produced and compares favorably with the stuff that Disney has been producing lately. The musical numbers are a bit uneven with some being just adequate and others, particularly the Southern Baptist asparagus choir number and “the song under the credits”, being outstanding. The storyline is predictable: of course, that probably has a lot to do with the main section of the movie being a reasonably accurate retelling of the biblical story of Jonah. The framing story is cute and serves the dual purpose of providing a good excuse for telling the story of Jonah to Bob and the other veggies as well as providing a happy ending since the story of Jonah does have a less than happy ending.
Everything considered, I give Jonah a big thumbs up, with two caveats. First, this is probably the most “Christian” of all the Veggie Tales with some pretty obvious New Testament references included in this Old Testament tale. Second, while I had the movie itself coming in at about 80 minutes before the credits, when you include the previews and ads, Jonah ran about 100 minutes which was about 10 minutes longer than DESTRUCTOR THE MIGHTY~! was willing to put up with before wanting to get up and run around the theater.
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