Veggie Tales tackled a classic story-line, giving it a modern makeover. Bob and Larry have been noticeably changed in their appearance from previous Veggie Tales movies and episodes, but the voices of the characters remain the same. At the start of the movie, when Bob and Larry are standing around talking, we almost think they are going to discuss the matter because they say, "Let's address the elephant in the room..." but there turns out to be an elephant sauntering around them & the plot moves on as usual. While it took quite a while to get "comfortable" watching this new Bob & Larry, I want to assure you that many things are indeed the same. There is still a silly song with Larry in the middle, the humor is still appropriate for young audiences, they opened with a child's letter and closed with a Bible verse.
The first 10 minutes I was irritated at all the songs, but they seemed to either space them out a bit more after that or I grew immune to the fact that it is a musical and began to enjoy it more. Wayne Brady's singing talent is channeled through the character of newlywed Shem, who is hesitant to relinquish his own plans for building a house. Shem struggles with taking orders to obey what God has called his father, Noah, to do, but is ultimately obedient and always respectful.
True to Veggie Tale style, a lot of creative license is taken in retelling this Biblical account. If you, like me, believe a worldwide flood truly did happen in Noah's time, please do NOT look to this or any other animated video to give you an accurate account. The ark was in the shape of a giant orange slice. The moral of this movie is clearly marked "A Lesson in Trusting God," not "A Historical and Scientific Documentary Proving the Bible's Accuracy." One thing worthy of commending, however, was that the flood was shown as being caused by both water coming up from the ground and rain falling down from the sky, which is consistent with the fountains of the deep opening up as mentioned in Genesis.
The backgrounds and visual effects seemed to be a higher quality, or perhaps just a more modern touch has brought them up-to-speed. If you haven't given Veggie Tales a thought since Dave and the Giant Pickle came out, or you're kids were a bit bored with them, give Noah's Ark a shot, and it just may surprise you. Christian cartoons can keep up with the times, and you won't have to worry about any questionable or unwholesome content. That's a good value in today's entertainment society!
In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to publicly thank Grace Hill Media for providing me a copy of the Veggie Tale's Noah's Ark DVD in return for providing a review. I was not in any way required to provide a positive review, my opinions are authentic. Since this IS a product I am happy to recommend, I am also excited to offer a copy as a giveaway for one of my readers!
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