Here’s my confession of the day: I would watch Veggie Tales even if I didn’t have a child. Those cute singing vegetables have got me hooked. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when “Veggie Tales: Princess and the Pop Star,” released on August 15, was yet another family favorite by the geniuses at Big Idea Productions.
I should note that despite the title, it isn’t exactly “girlie” like I expected. In fact, it is a play on Mark Twain’s “Prince & the Pauper,” although it took me awhile to catch it. The story follows the life of Princess Poppyseed, who despite her name is not a princess, but instead lives on a farm – a pie farm to be exact. She gathers eggs and milks cows while dreaming of living the life of her hero, pop star Vanna Banana. Vanna, it seems, is equally unhappy and just wants to be a child instead of living a pop star life. The two girls (carrots, actually) trade places and both discover that they were happier in the lives that God had given them
Like every Veggie Tales movie, this one has a theme, and it’s a good one. The theme is to be happy where God put you in life and not to be jealous of what other people have. Or as Larry the Cucumber said “the tile is always greener on the other side of the sink.” I should note that he painted the tiles green. As great of a message as this is, I felt that the message was only half illustrated. While Princess Poppyseed may have learned that she was happier at home, Vanna Banana didn’t learn very much at all other than that she’s not very good at milking cows. She went back to her unhappy life where all she wanted was to be a kid and went back to .. well, not being a kid.
Although I appreciated the fact that the movie was enjoyable and Veggie Tales is a safe alternative to most of today’s TV shows, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the old days of Veggie Tales with parodies of Gilligan’s Island and Rack, Shack, and Benny who made me laugh while teaching the Bible. It’s been awhile since Veggie Tales touched a Bible specific story and more importantly, “Princess & the Pop Star” wasn’t funny. Yet, I would still watch it before just about anything else in the movies section at my rental store.
Hits: The music is phenomenal. Pop inspired catchy tunes with great messages were woven throughout the story that were stuck in my head for the next few days. They almost made me wish I had a teenage daughter so I could accidentally stick it ijn her CD player. As a bonus, for anyone who buys this movie at Target (201 E Central Texas Expy, Harker Heights), the movie comes with a cd full of the movie’s music. It’s also only $9.99 right now. And of course, the message was great; what kid doesn’t want to live someone else’s life?
Misses: “Silly Songs with Larry” is instead “Silly Songs With Archibald,” which in this episode came in the form of a song making fun of the tacky wig trend in days of old with “Astonishing Wigs.” “Oh Where is My Hairbrush,” it certainly is not; however, my two year old loved it and asked “Again? Again? Again?” So maybe the song hit its mark, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything more irritating in awhile.
SALE ALERT: Looking for an even better deal? Chick-fil-A (201 E Central Texas Expy, Harker Heights or 1400 E Central Texas Expy, Killeen) is currently offering one of 5 different Veggie Tales story cds with their kids meals. Included is a $3 off coupon for “Veggie Tales: Princess & the Pop Star.” Even without the discount, the cds are worth the trip themselves.
Next month, Big Idea will be releasing “Little Drummer Boy” which is currently available for preorder for Killeen residents at Family Christian Store (1801 E Central Texas Expy, Killeen). For a wonderful deal, the store is currently offering a free “Veggie Tales: Holiday Double Feature” DVD with preorder that includes Veggie Tales Holiday favorites, “The Toy that Saved Christmas” and “The Star of Christmas.” Meanwhile, the preorder price at Family Christian Stores is only $12.97. That’s 3 movies for less than $13! Act fast so you don’t miss this great deal! Also, check back in October to read my review of “Veggie Tales: Little Drummer Boy,” which I will undoubtedly have on the first day it is available – as I’ve said, I’m hooked.