A movie directed by Jay Russell
Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn't is the latest in the series of Veggietales movies that teach Christian morals with anthropomorphic veggies (and a few fruits). The main lesson of this movie is honoring your parents.
The show begins with new animation for the opening song. It is a good improvement with many more of the characters being present around Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato. Nothing wrong with the old version, but after over a decade it is nice to see something a little fresh while keeping the basic loved sequence for the most part.
The opening sequence is a spoof on the Extreme Makeover concept with the countertop getting a makeover, although it is just pillows. QWERTY, however, has been given a major update to be more modern including the letter from the kid not being read, but rather a video shown on QWERTY.
The story about Pistachio is based although perhaps somewhat loosely on the classic Pinocchio story. Pistachio is a living puppet made out of wood from a pistachio tree. His father is Gelato, who also has three ducks and a caterpillar (named Cricket) as sons. Gelato tries to teach his sons how to live morally and thus be happy, but Pistachio does not think he needs to listen to Gelato because he already knows how to be happy.
Pistachio ends up at a carnival and is tricked into spending all the coins he found after misspending the give pennies Gelato gave him to buy an art book. At the carnival he slowly learns that he should follow what his father tells him because Gelato has the wisdom that comes from having been alive longer.
Woven into the story is also the parable of the shepherd that goes looking for the one lost sheep leaving the other 99. The story relates to why Gelato goes looking for Pistachio when he goes missing and also part of what makes Pistachio realize he must go find Gelato lost at sea because it was Pistachio's fault Gelato was out there.
Overall it is a pretty enjoyable Veggietales movie. I am not so sure about the lesson. Sure it is good to honor your parents and for the most part listening to them can be a good idea. However, I do not really like the idea of unthinkingly blindly following anyone including parents. Sorry, but they do not always know what is best. As a general concept and story, though, it is fine.
My biggest issue with this Veggietales is the lack of special features. I really used to love VeggieTales for the good variety of special features. However, it just does not seem true anymore. They do still have my favorite feature, the audio commentary, but the main target group for the movie is kids and they mostly find that boring. There are no games on the bonus features for them, although some may find the Larry visits a Marionette Theater interesting. Of course, the sing along for the Staplers song is good for them, but that is sadly it.
Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8
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