Thursday, March 10, 2011

DVD Review: VeggieTales 'Twas The Night Before Easter

I've loved VeggieTales for a long long time, as proven by the many titles I have of it on VHS tape and the soundtracks I have on cassette! I first came across it when I was teaching second graders one summer while I was in college. If you've never watched or heard the song "The Bunny" from Rack, Shack & Benny with your kids, you are missing out on one of the greatest teaching tools ever for the story based on the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, in which three friends stand up to King Nebuchadnezzar, refusing to worship a false idol. Over the years I've watched VeggieTales become less biblically-based and more focused on generally good character traits to instill in children. I think there is definitely a place for both versions of VeggieTales and am grateful that there is such a wide spectrum of past and present titles for my kids to watch. I love the songs and recently added to our children's music collection with Bob & Larry's Toddler Songs and VeggieTales Worship Songs.

The latest release VeggieTales®: ‘Twas The Night Before Easter, from Big Idea Entertainment, is a parody in which Marlee Meade discovers the importance of helping other people while exploring the real meaning of Easter. ‘Twas The Night Before Easter features a new silly song “The Hooperena”, a backstage pass with Larry the Cucumber on the “VeggieTales Live!” tour, and a brand new character Cassie Cassava – played by Melinda Doolittle an American Idol top finalist. You can find more VeggieTales resources on Big Idea Entertainment's recently launched interactive website. The website has games, videos, activities, eCards, stories, and a daily message from the bible. You can make sure you have the latest VeggieTales info by following them on Facebook.   

I'm glad I had a chance to watch this DVD with the boys as the Lenten season is starting. It gives them a context as to what Easter is about, since I know they are years away from being able to watch or appreciate the Passion story. “If you like to talk to tomatoes, if a squash can make you smile,” then this is a DVD that you will surely appreciate. We'll meet you in the produce aisle!

No compensation was received for this post. I received a copy of the DVD for review purposes.

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